Long March-11 makes its successful maiden flight

by | Sep 25, 2015 | China, Launches, Satellites | 0 comments

The maiden flight of the Long March-11 solid rocket-based quick-response launch vehicle took place from the Jiuquan launch site in Inner Mongolia at 0121 GMT on 25 September 2015.  Aboard the rocket was a mysterious satellite called Pujiang-1, built by the Shanghai Academy of Space Technology.  This is thought to be a mass dummy to test out the vehicle’s payload performance.  There were also three cubesat-class spacecraft aboard taking part in a mission called Tainwang-1 to demonstrate formation flying and intersatellite communications.  The three satellites will also monitor sea ice and maritime traffic using ADS-B signals.

More details are on NASASpaceflight.com

 

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