China launched a new generation long March 7A rocket on Thursday, successfully sending a pair of Shiyan-12 test satellites into a Geosynchronous transfer orbit.
The long march 7A rocket lifted off from the coastal Wenchang satellite launch centre at 5:12 a.m Eastern Time in the morning.
According to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp(CASC) which confirmed the launch of two new satellites, the satellites sent into orbit are Shiyan-12 and Shiyan 02 satellites.
The Shiyan-12 satellite will help in space environment studies and related technical tests and were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) which is a CASC subsidiary.
The first launch of the Long March 7A failed in March 2020 with another launching successfully in March this year, the failure occurred following a loss of pressure after first stage separation leading to engine malfunction.
Thursday’s mission was China’s 52nd orbital launch of the year. China had achieved a record launch of 39 launches in 2018 and 2020 which means 2021 has been an extraordinary year for China’s space industry.