China launches 4 satellites on 1st flight of new Long March 6C rocket (video)


China launched its first Long March 6C rocket, helping the nation further its goal of launching 100 orbital missions this year.

The 131-foot (43-meter) Long March 6C rocket took off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s mountainous Shanxi province at 11:21 EDT on Monday, May 6 (0321 on May 7). The two-stage, single core Long March 6C is designed to launch small and medium-sized satellites to both low Earth and sun-synchronous orbits. Payload sizes vary depending on desired orbit, but range from 6 to 10 tons.

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