China launches new Tianhui satellites

China successfully sent a pair of Tianhui II-02 satellites into orbit from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province on Thursday morning.

The satellites, developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), were launched by a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 6:32 a.m., and will be mainly used for scientific experiments and research, land and resources surveying, and geographic surveying and mapping.

The carrier rocket, also developed by the SAST, is a three-stage rocket powered by liquid fuel under normal temperature. It is capable of launching various types of satellites to different orbits.

This is the 9th mission of the Long March-4B carrier rocket series this year and the 384th flight mission of the Long March series.

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