China launches satellite to test space debris collection technologies

The launch took place at 04:27 (Moscow time) from the Xichan cosmodrome in southwestern China. Long March 3B has successfully delivered a satellite to

a given orbit. Today's flight is the 393rd for this missile family.

The satellite was developed by the Shanghai Academyspace technologies. Shijian-21 is to test space debris collection technology. No further details were given about the satellite and its capabilities.

“For the Sunday launch of the Long launch vehicleThree technological improvements have been made to the March-3B, making it even more optimized and reliable, ”said Zhang Tao, deputy chief developer of the Long March-3B launch vehicle.

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This launch was 36th this year for CASC and 39thfor China as a whole, including the launches of the state-owned company Expace and the tea company iSpace. CASC plans to complete over 40 launches by the end of the year and set a national record.

Space debris is out of ordersatellites and debris from explosions and collisions of spacecraft. Astronomers can only track large particles due to their high speed. The main problem is the failure of working satellites due to collisions with space debris.

They started talking about this problem at the dawn of But there is still no way to massively remove debris from near-earth orbits. Today, a working technology is the removal of old satellites into neighboring orbits.

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