China has sent a fresh Earth-observing satellite into space.
AN EXTENDED March 2D rocket carrying the Yunhai-1 03 satellite lifted faraway from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Tuesday (Sept. 20) at 7: 15 p.m. EDT (2315 GMT; 7: 15 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Sept. 21).
Chinese state media said the satellite will undoubtedly be used (opens in new tab) for “detecting the atmospheric, marine and space environments, disaster prevention and mitigation, and scientific experiments.” Very little else is well known concerning the Yunhai-1 group of spacecraft.
Yunhai-1 03’s predecessor, Yunhai-1 02, launched in September 2019 and was apparently whacked by way of a little bit of space junk in March 2021. The reason behind the collision has been traced to a little little bit of a Zenit-2 Russian rocket body.
Yunhai 1-02 seems to still be with the capacity of adjusting its orbit regardless of the crash, which occurred at an altitude of 485 miles (780 kilometers), space junk expert Jonathan McDowell said in August 2021 (opens in new tab).
McDowell also said (opens in new tab) the incident was the initial major confirmed orbital collision since February 2009. In the past, a defunct Russian military spacecraft, Kosmos-2251, collided having an operational communications satellite referred to as Iridium 33, creating1,800 bits of trackable debris (opens in new tab) by the next October.