China launches 8 satellites into orbit on a 2D rocket

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China launched eight satellites into orbit on Thursday, aboard a two-dimensional “Long March 2D” rocket.

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“The Jilin 1 Quanfu 01C satellite was launched with 7 other Jilin 1 Gaofen 03D satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province (north),” Xinhua said.

She added that “the eight satellites entered the pre-set orbit successfully.”

The launch took place at 10:38 am Beijing time (02:38 GMT), according to the same source.

“Jilin 1 Quanfu 01C, which has a wide coverage, provides commercial remote sensing data services for sectors such as earth resources, mineral exploration and smart city construction,” the agency explained.

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This is the 419th mission of the Long March series of missiles, according to Xinhua.