hina carried out the country’s first seaborne space launch on Wednesday, from a platf
orm in its territorial waters in the Yellow Sea, opening a new chapter in its space industry.
A Long March 11 solid-propellant carrier rocket blasted off at 12:06 pm fr
om a mobile launch platform — a modified submersible craft — in the Yellow Sea off the e
astern province of Shandong and then sent seven satellites into orbit about 600 kilometers above the Earth.
The mission — the first seaborne space launch in the world in five years — showcased China’s mastery of
the technologies and capabilities required for
such operations and indicates the country has found an alternative to its ground-based launch centers.
China is striving to expand its launch service portfolio and promote its carrier roc
kets to more countries, especially those wishing to have their own affordable satellite networks.