China’s first sea launch

A Long March 11 rocket lifts off from the Yellow Sea, 5 Jun 2019 (Credit: China Central TV, via Weibo)

China’s first sea launch delivered three satellites to orbit. The mobile sea launch platform, escorted by Chinese Coast Guard cutters, moved into position and launched a Long March 11 rocket at 0406 UT 5 Jun 2019.

The four-stage solid rocket carried two Jilin-1 earth observation satellites, as well as the CAS-6 Amateur Radio satellite, a 50 cm, 50 kg unit with one VHF narrowband transponder, AX.25 telemetry, and a CW beacon.

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