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China launches Jilin-1 commercial satellites

A Long March-2D rocket carrying a group of eight satellites blasts off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China's Shanxi province, May 5, 2022. (ZHENG BIN / XINHUA)

TAIYUAN – China launched a Long March-2D rocket on Thursday to place a group of eight satellites in space.

Satellite Jilin-1 Kuanfu 01C, together with seven Jilin-1 Gaofen 03D satellites, was lifted at 10:38 am (Beijing Time) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi and soon entered the preset orbit.

Having a wide coverage, Jilin-1 Kuanfu 01C will be used to provide commercial remote sensing data services for sectors such as land resource, mineral exploration and smart city construction.

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This was the 419th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.