Long March 11
China launched a Long March 11 solid rocket from Xichang early Friday, completing a campaign of seven orbit launch attempts in just over a week which included the debut of two new launch vehicles.
Chinese state-owned and commercial companies are developing capabilities to launch liquid propellant rockets from sea platforms to boost the country's launch options.
A Long March rocket launched eight Jilin-1 remote sensing satellites late Wednesday, days after an earlier batch rode to orbit via launch from a sea platform.
China is making progress with a spaceport to facilitate sea-based launch activity and development of rockets, satellites and related applications.
The Long March 11 solid propellant light launch vehicle lifted off from a mobile launch platform in the Yellow Sea June 5 at 12:06 a.m. Eastern, with launch success declared within half an hour.