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May 4, 2019
Image above: A Long March 4B rocket lifts off Tuesday from the Taiyuan space center in northeastern China. Image Credit: Xinhua.
A Long March-4B launch vehicle launched two Tianhui II-01 satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Shanxi Province, northern China, on 29 April 2019, at 22:52 UTC (30 April, 06:52 local time).
Long March-4B launches two Tianhui II-01 satellites
According to official sources, the Tianhui II-01 satellites will be used for scientific experiments, land resource surveys, geographic surveys, and mapping.
Tianhui mapping satellite. Image Credit: Günter Space Page
The three-stage Long March 4B rocket, standing nearly 15 stories tall, turned south from Taiyuan, dropping its spent rocket bodies on Chinese territory. The Long March 4B’s upper stage delivered the two Tianhui mapping satellites to an orbit more than 310 miles (500 kilometers) high, with an inclination of 97.5 degrees to the equator, according to U.S. military tracking data.
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