Long March-2D launched three remote sensing satellites from Xichang
China successfully launched three new remote sensing satellites into orbit with a Long March-2D Y64 carrier rocket on Thursday (23rd June 2022). The rocket blasted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 10:22 a.m. Beijing Time (02:22 UTC).
The satellites then entered the pre-determined orbit, marking the complete success of the mission.
The satellites are the second batch of the Yaogan-35 family, and will mainly be used for scientific experiments, surveys of land resources, estimating agricultural production, as well as disaster prevention and mitigation.
China launched the first batch of three Yaogan-35 satellites on November 6 last year. This mission is the 424th flight of the Long March series of launch vehicles and China's 20th Orbital launch activity in 2022.
Long March-2D, a Chinese two-stage orbital carrier rocket, is mainly used for launching LEO and SSO satellites. It is manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), a subsidiary of the Eighth Academy of CASC. This is the 60th launch of LM-2D, The rocket used in this mission is a two-stage state configuration. In this state, the total length of the whole launch vehicle exceeds 41 meters, and the take-off mass is 232 tons.