China Launched Space Rocket from Sea for the First Time

Published on June 07, 2019
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

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