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Chinese launches loft satellites to study space environment and observe Earth

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

A Long March 4B rocket takes off from the Taiyuan space center Friday. Credit: Xinhua
China launched a Long March 2D rocket Saturday with a satellite Chinese officials claimed will study the space environment and conduct technology demonstrations, less than two days after a Long March 4B rocket took off from a different launch site with an Earth-imaging payload.
The missions marked China's 16th and 17th orbital-class launches this year. Two of the launches earlier this year failed to reach orbit with their payloads.
The Long March 4B launch occurred at 0310 GMT July 3 from the Taiyuan...
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