China successfully debuted its second new launch vehicle in a week on Friday as a Long March 11 rocket placed four micro-satellites into sun-synchronous orbit. The new rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Long March 11 is a solid-fuel launch vehicle designed for rapid launch of micro-sats. It was developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation.
Last Sunday, China successfully launched its new Long March 6 rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The booster placed 20 small satellites into orbit.
Long March 6 is a three-stage small satellite launcher capable of placing up to 1,080 kg (2,381 lb) into a sun-synchronous orbit of 700 km (435 miles). It is 29.2 meters (96 feet) tall.