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Galactic Energy Launches Third Rocket in 10 Days
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 07, 2024

Galactic Energy, a private rocket maker in Beijing, conducted a launch on Thursday afternoon, marking its third launch in the past 10 days.

The company reported that the rocket lifted off at 1 pm from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern Gobi Desert, sending three remote-sensing satellites into a sun synchronous orbit about 545 kilometers above Earth.

Remote sensing involves detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation from a distance, typically using aircraft or satellites.

The solid-propellant Ceres 1 rocket is about 20 meters tall with a diameter of 1.4 meters. It has a liftoff weight of 33 metric tons and can send a 300-kilogram satellite or multiple satellites with a combined weight of 300 kg to a 500-km sun synchronous orbit. It can also carry a 350-kg payload to a low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 200 km.

Galactic Energy launched a Ceres 1 from a ship in the Yellow Sea on May 29, sending four satellites into space. Two days later, another Ceres 1 was launched from the Jiuquan center, placing five satellites in orbit.

To date, 14 Ceres 1 flights have placed 48 commercial satellites into space, surpassing other privately built rocket models in China, according to Galactic Energy.

Based on a Xinhua News Agency article

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