China launches rocket from ship

World | REUTERS 6 Jun 2019

China successfully launched a rocket from a ship at sea for the first time yesterday, state media reported, the latest step forward in its ambitious space program.

The Long March 11 rocket blasted off from a platform on a large semi-submersible barge in the Yellow Sea just after midday, state media said.

The small rocket, designed to be deployed quickly and from mobile launch sites such as a ship, carried seven satellites, including one that measures sea-surface winds to forecast typhoons.

The rocket also carried two communications satellites belonging to China 125, a Beijing-based technology company that plans to launch hundreds of satellites to provide global data networking services.

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