China launched a trio of satellites into orbit on Saturday (July 25) on separate missions to explore the Earth, hunt dark matter through the X-ray “lobster’s eye” and collect commercial data.
The long March 4B missile successfully launched the Earth Observation Satellite Ziyuan III 03 and two other payloads from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. The liftoff took place at 11:14. Beijing time.
The launch video showed that debris was pouring from the rocket during the takeoff, but the event (when the insulation tiles fall off the amplifier) is a normal event. According to space journalist Andrew Jones, social media images also saw some junk from a rocket that fell in Shunyan, Hubei, Yunyang.
According to a CCTV report, Ziyuan III 03, the main workload of the mission, is a high-resolution earth map satellite for capturing three-dimensional images and multispectral observations.
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According to CCTV, the rocket also carried two small satellites developed by Shanghai’s ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd. ’, one for searching dark material and the other for‘ obtaining commercial data ’.
In a translated report, China’s aerospace science and technology corporation (CASC) said one of the satellites was an X-ray astronomical ship with bionic “lobster-eye” technology to hunt dark matter. According to SpaceNews, the satellite is called NJU-HKU No. 1 and is an experiment by the University of Hong Kong and Nanjing University to search for dark matter signals.
After yesterday’s long March 4B Ziyuan-3 (03) and the launch of two small buttons. The garbage was found in the Hubei Yunyang district of Shiyan City. Source: Shiyan Evening News https://t.co/fQIMq4yFF3 pic.twitter.com/pRDX5Vi0MtJuly 26, 2020
CASC officials said the third satellite is the latest addition to the Apocalypse constellation to test key technologies for the Internet of Things in space. The Apocalypse Constellation is Beijing’s Guodian Gaoke Technology Co. Ltd. project, SpaceNews reported.
Saturday’s launch was closely followed by the important Chinese mission Tianwen-1, which on 24 July. Launched the country’s first Mars march towards the Red Planet, heel. This mission, which was raised on a long March 5th. A rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan. The island will arrive on Mars in 2021. February.
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