• China launches new type of carrier rocket

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    SHANGHAI: China on Sunday launched a new type of rocket that will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space program.The Long March-6, a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in the northern province of Shanxi on Sunday morning carrying 20 “micro” satellites, the official Xinhua news agency said. The rocket is 29.3 meters high and uses fuel composed of liquid oxygen and kerosene, which is said to be free of toxicity and pollution, state media said. A 2011 policy paper issued by the State Council, or cabinet, said the Long March-6 would be capable of placing not less than one ton of payload into orbit at a height of 700 kilometers.

    AFP

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