NASA and SpaceX were both busy with the historic Demo-2 mission, which took place last weekend. They sent the first crewed orbital flight from the US in a decade. However, the Chinese also had a plan of their own. China has picked up the pace of its launches. There are two successful rocket flights back to back at around the same time that Demo–2 started his journey towards the International Space Station, on the 30th of May.
The satellites successfully got into space with the help of a March-11 rocket, which launched from Southwest China. CCTV stated: “Peng Kunya, a chief designer of the Long March-11, said that it was the first time that the Long March-11 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, proving its adaptability to different launch sites.”
About 36 hours later, China sent another duo of satellites from the northwest region of the country. This time, they used a Long March-2D rocket, which set off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the 31st of May.
One of the satellites was Gaofen-9. The satellite can take photographs with a resolution of about 3.3 feet – that’s 1 meter: “It will be used in land surveys, urban planning, road network design, and crop yield estimates, as well as disaster relief.”
HEAD-4 and the Internet of Things
HEAD Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd, from Beijing, created another satellite called HEAD-4. It was made in order to support the Internet of Things that allows connected devices to send and receive information right from the orbit. The Internet of Things service is going to be used on aircraft and ships, as well.
China was at its best in 2019 – they launch two rockets just hours apart from different space centers. But then the virus came and changed the entire situation.