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China launches multi-payload rocket

KEY POINTS

  • China wants to target commercial sat launch market
  • Long March-6 carries 20 micro-satellites into space
  • Rocket runs on pollution-free fuel

China has developed a new carrier rocket to gain footing in the commercial satellite launch market. The rocket, called Long March-6, will be used to launch small-satellites. For its maiden voyage last weekend, the rocket carried a multi-payload cargo of 20 navigation micro-satellites into space. This is the highest number of satellites carried by any Chinese rocket till date. Long March-6 is fuelled by a propellant made of liquid oxygen and kerosene. This fuel is supposed to be free of toxicity and pollution.