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TechnologyChina conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

11:47  05 june  2019
11:47  05 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BEIJING — China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time on Wednesday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing’s push to become a

China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time on Wednesday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing’s push to become A Long March 11 rocket was launched from a ship in the Yellow Sea just after midday, the China National Space Administration said in a statement.

China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch© MARK RALSTON China now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programmes, and has unveiled plans for missions to the moon and beyond

China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time on Wednesday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing's push to become a major space power.

The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programmes -- unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade.

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China to build moon station in 'about 10 years' Beijing plans to send a manned mission to the moon and to build a research station there within the next decade, state media reported Wednesday, citing a top space official. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); China aims to achieve space superpower status and took a major step towards that goal when it became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the moon in January.

China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time on Wednesday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing’s push to become A Long March 11 rocket was launched from a ship in the Yellow Sea just after midday, the China National Space Administration said in a statement.

China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time on Wednesday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing's push to become a major space power.

A Long March 11 rocket was launched from a ship in the Yellow Sea just after midday, the China National Space Administration said in a statement.

"This is the first time that China has... (tested a) launch vehicle at sea," it added.

The rocket carried two experimental satellites and five commercial ones.

State broadcaster CCTV, in a post on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, hailed it as "a new launching mode for China to enter space quickly".

The test marks another win for Beijing's space programme.

Earlier this year, China became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the moon.

It also unveiled ambitious plans to build a research base on the lunar surface, send a probe to Mars and build a space station in Earth orbit.

In 2003, China became only the third nation to have the capability of launching humans into space.

And with sea launches, China now has the ability to deploy satellites from a mobile platform.

Most recently, Russian-backed firm Sea Launch used a floating platform to launch dozens of rockets between 1999 and 2014.

According to Russian company Energia, the majority shareholder in Sea Launch, launching from sea has a number of advantages, such as the ability to send off rockets from a variety of locations on Earth, as well as reduced costs and risks.

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