China Debuts Long March 11 Launcher

CNSA_logoChina 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.

  • windbourne

    A few more flights, and it will be ready to load into their subs. 🙂

  • mzungu

    Too tall for subs. Good for shooting spy sats.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Wow, great China! Congratulations.

  • savuporo

    New Chinese launch vehicle here, another there .. who is counting, anyway.

  • TimAndrews868

    Is that the actual logo for China’s space agency? It looks like something from Star Trek.

  • Qinren

    This rocket is based on the same engine as the current sub launched missile JL-2.
    So it’s brother “already” sits in the sub for years. Itself will never and will not need to sit in subs.