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China launches classified communication satellite

Chinese media reported successful launch of satellite from southern island of Hainan with Long March 5 rocket

By REUTERS
February 24, 2024
A Long March-2C carrier rocket carrying satellite MISRSAT-2 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, December 4, 2023. — Xinhua
A Long March-2C carrier rocket carrying satellite MISRSAT-2 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, December 4, 2023. — Xinhua

BEIJING: China on Friday launched the 11th satellite under a classified Chinese military programme with the country’s most powerful rocket.

Chinese state media reported the successful launch of the satellite from the southern island of Hainan with a Long March 5 rocket.

No details on the satellite were given except that it will be mainly used for “multi-band and high-speed communication technology experiments”.

The powerful Long March 5 rocket is normally used to launch very large payloads.

A Long March 5 rocket was last used in December to launch a large optical remote sensing satellite into orbit.

The last satellite launched under the classified military programme was in early November, though the smaller medium-lift Long March 7A rocket was used.

State media reported that the satellite was also to be used for largely multi-band and high-speed communication technology experiments, without elaborating.

Western orbital data previously indicated a satellite under the programmeme approached a US satellite in at least one instance in 2022.

The US Space Force has previously complained about one of its satellites being followed by two Russian satellites.