Long March-4B rocket Current Affairs

China launches second Shijian-16 series satellite

China has successfully launched its second Shijian-16 series satellite for space research and experiments. The first Shijian-16 satellite was launched in October 2013.

The satellite was launched on board of Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Jiuquan, northwest China’s Gansu Province. It was the 231st by a Long March rocket.

Key Facts

  • The second Shijian-16 satellite will be used for space environment measurements and technology testing.
  • It will mainly probe the space environment, radiation and its effects and also record space physical environment parameters and conduct other related space experiments.

About Long March-4B rocket

  • Long March-4B rocket is s a Chinese orbital carrier rocket used to launch sun-synchronous orbiting meteorological satellites.
  • The carries was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology (SAST) and was first introduced in May 1999.
  • It is three stages rocket weighing 248470 kg and s 45.58 meters long and has diameter of 3.35 meters. It is capable to launch a 2800 kg satellite into low Earth orbit.


China launches Yaogan-26 remote sensing satellite

China has launched Yaogan-26 a remote sensing satellite into the preset orbit from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China’s Shanxi Province.

The satellite was carried by a Long March-4B rocket, marking the 202th mission for the rocket family.

Yaogan-26 satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster prevention.

Facts about Yaogan Satellite series

  • In 2006, China launched Yaogan-1, first satellite in the Yaogan series.
  • In total, China has planned to launch about 70 remote sensing satellites to detect the near-Earth space environment and predict extreme events.
  • As part of Yaogan Satellite series, China is also launching about 20 communication satellites to meet communication demand in national security and public services.
  • Besides, China is launching about 30 navigation satellites to provide accurate and reliable global positioning and navigation services.