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China Launched Space Rocket from Sea for the First Time

China launched a space rocket from the sea for the first time on 5th June 2019.
China Launched Space Rocket from Sea for the First Time

Details:

  • With this China becomes the third nation to successfully demonstrate the ability to launch satellites into orbit from a floating platform following the U.S. and Russia.
  • In the operation, March 11, a Long rocket was launched from a ship in the Yellow Sea.
  • The first ever seaborne launch technology aims to meet the growing launch demand of low inclination satellites.
  • It is also expected to help China provide launch services for countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

About the Payloads:

  • The rocket carried two experimental satellites and five commercial satellites.
  • The experimental satellites will monitor ocean winds to set up all-weather monitoring of ocean wind fields and improve typhoon monitoring and accuracy of the weather forecast in China.
  • It was built by the China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing.
  • Experimental satellites:
    1. Bufeng-1A
    2. Bufeng-1B
  • Commercial satellites:
    • Earth-imaging cubesat - 1
    • Tianqi-3, an experimental communications satellite
    • China's first two Ka-band communications satellites
    • New satellite for China's Jilin-1 remote-sensing satellite constellation

About China's space exploration:

  • China is the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the Moon.
  • It also plans to build a research base on the lunar surface.
  • The country also plans to send a probe to Mars and build a space station in Earth orbit.
  • In 2003, China became the third nation to have the capability of launching humans into space.

Question:

Q. Which country has become the third nation to successfully demonstrate the ability to launch satellites into orbit from a floating platform following the U.S. and Russia?
a. Japan
b. South Korea
c. Germany
d. China
China Launched Space Rocket from Sea for the First Time China Launched Space Rocket from Sea for the First Time Reviewed by Neha Verma on June 07, 2019 Rating: 5

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