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China successfully launched rockets twice today

China successfully launched two rockets this morning, one a Long March-4C carrying an Earth observation satellite and the second a Long March-8, carrying 22 smallsats.

The Long March-8 is one of China’s next generation rockets, meant to launch from its coastal spaceport and use less toxic fuels. Also, according to the state-run press article, its manufacture process is aimed at allowing for a launch rate of once per week.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

8 SpaceX
4 China
2 Russia

The U.S. leads China 11 to 4 in the national rankings.

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  • Sayomara

    Were these both launched from the same site?

  • JhonB

    Who do they think they are? SpaceX?

  • Jay

    In the articles they talk about the two different sites. China has four launch sites. The Long March-4C launch was from Jiquan site near Mongolia. The Long March-8 was launched from Wenchang, not to be confused with the British band Wang Chung, which is on Hainan Province, so the launches go over the ocean and Taiwan.
    The other two launch sites are Taiyuan, this base is like our Vandenburg AFB, and infamous Xichang, that is one where the first stage boosters drop on villages.

  • Col Beausabre

    And one wonders what happens when they “accidentally” drop on a booster on Taiwan…

  • “Everybody March-8 tonight. . . “

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