China launched two Shi Jian remote sensing satellites, Shi Jian 9A and Shi Jian 9B from the Taiyuan launch site in China using a Long March 2C-SMA launch vehicle. The launch took place at 0325 GMT on the morning of 14 October. Officially annouced as civilian engineering test satellites, the spacecraft were placed into a sun-synchronous near-polar orbit and will be used to test a new electrical propulsion systems. In addition to their testing duties, the craft are believed to carry an imaging capability which may also have a military application.
China launches Shi Jian 9A & 9B using Long March 2C
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