Chinese Long March 6 Launches 13 Satellites

A Chinese Long March 6 booster launched 10 commercial Earth observation satellites for Satellogic of Argentina and three second payloads for Chinese customers on Friday.

The booster lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 11:19 a.m. Beijing Standard Time on Nov. 6. It was the fourth Long March 6 launch and the 351st flight of the Long March family of boosters.

“Today’s launch firmly positions Satellogic as the global leader in high-resolution data collection from orbit. Satellogic’s increased orbital capacity now enables access to up to four daily revisits of any point of interest and the collection of more than 4 million sq. km per day in high-resolution imagery,” the company said in a press release.

Satellogic’s Aleph-1 remote sensing constellation now includes 21 NewSat spacecraft, including 14 satellites that deliver high-resolution data to customers.

“The company’s newest generation of satellites also operates at 0.7 meter resolution, enabling a more detailed view of the globe for more precise decision making,” Satellogic said. “Through the ongoing refinement of sub-meter imagery, Satellogic plans to further drive down the cost of high-frequency geospatial analytics for existing and new Dedicated Satellite Constellation customers in 2021.”

The other three payloads were: the MN50-3 remote sensing satellite for Beijing MinoSpace Technology Corporation; the TY20 technology demonstration satellite of SpaceTY Co., Ltd. of Changsha; and the BY70-3 science education satellite of China Center for Aerospace Science and Technology International Communications and Northwestern Polytechnical University.

China Great Wall Industry Corporation, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC), provided the launch services. The company has launched 17 of Satellogic’s spacecraft.

Long March 6 is designed and manufactured by Shanghai Academy of Space Technology, which is also a CASC subsidiary.