China's Long March-11 launches with four satellites
Updated 20:27, 21-Jan-2019

China sent four satellites into the preset orbit via the Long March-11 (Y6) on Monday, marking the second successful orbital launch of 2019.

The four satellites including Jilin 1-01 and Jilin 1-02, Lingque-1A, and Xiaoxiang 1-03 were blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellites Launch Center in northwest China at 13:42 BJT.

Two Jilin remote sensing satellites with payloads of multi-spectral camera and infrared camera are ready to join the constellation formed by the Jilin-1 family, providing data and services in terms of forestry, maritime navigation, disaster forecasting to its customers across the globe.

The Lingque 1-A satellite, developed by a Beijing-based technology company, is responsible for data transmission and inter-satellite communication.

The Xiaoxiang 1-03 is a testing satellite also designed by a private company, with the function to verify radio communications and remote sensing technology.

The Long March-11 is a Chinese, solid-fueled carrier rocket. Today's launch was the 299th mission of the Long March rocket series.