China launches Shi Jian 9A & 9B using Long March 2C

by | Oct 15, 2012 | Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

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.

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