A month ago, the world went round the news that China was the third country in history to launch a launching platform rocket. Now we can see the flight of the Long March 11 missile from the perspective of the Earth’s orbit.
The historic moment occurred on June 5. The rocket CZ-11 took off from a platform floating in the Yellow Sea, near the coast of the Shantung province. The Chinese Space Agency (CNSA) reported that the mission was successful, and seven satellites were deployed on Earth’s orbit. It was one of the most daunting missions in the history of the Chinese space industry.
The flight of the Chinese rocket was not only captured from the perspective of the sea, but also in the lens of a satellite camera called Jilin-1. At the time of registration of this event, the device was located at a height of about 550 kilometers above the Earth’s surface and moved at a speed of 8 km / s. Of course, CNSA planned the entire undertaking, because it was a historical event, but still the engineers deserve a big applause, because it was quite a complicated task.
The Jilin-1 satellite is one of nine devices operated in orbit by Changguang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. On a daily basis, the devices perform optical observations of the surface of our planet for the needs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Interestingly, the Long March 11 missile during this mission took the orbit of the 10th satellite of the Jilin constellation into orbit.
Representatives of the China Space Agency have announced that they intend to build special launch platforms for new missions. They also want to carry out more and more such starts in the near future, because they are not only economically viable, due to the closeness of the equator, but also more secure for residents. Many times it happened that the remains of rockets fell on densely populated areas and led to local ecological catastrophes.