China sends 9 Satellites into space in first sea-based commercial launch

16 Sept 2020

China sends 9 Satellites into space in first sea-based commercial launch

On Wednesday state media reported that in the very first business launch of a rocket from a platform at sea, China has successfully sent 9 satellites into orbit.

On Tuesday a Long March 11 rocket from the Yellow Sea released the satellites, among which came from video-sharing platform Bilibili.

the official People's Daily cited Li Zongli, director of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, stated, "Sea launch platforms will increase the number of China's launch areas, improve launch efficiency, and make launches safer and more flexible."

China has 3 inland space launch centres, where utilized rocket stages go back to earth and often present a risk to inhabited locations. The risk would be minimised by sea launches.

Over the last few years China has made its space program a leading concern as by 2030 it races to overtake the United States and end up being a significant space power.