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Chinese commercial rocket firm improves sea launch capability for satellite deployment

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Chinese commercial rocket firm improves sea launch capability for satellite deployment

2024-05-30 09:41 Last Updated At:10:07

Chinese commercial rocket firm Galactic Energy, developer of the CERES-1 rocket, has improved sea-based launch technology to provide enhanced launch services for satellite deployment missions.

Since its first launch in 2020, the CERES-1 has made itself a symbol of China's commercial satellite industry, becoming one of the earliest reliable options designed and produced in the country.

The latest rocket, a sea-borne variant of four-stage launch vehicle, blasted off at 16:12 (Beijing Time) from the waters surrounding the eastern province of Shandong, placing a group of four satellites into planned orbit.

It was the rocket series' 12th flight mission.

"After this launch, we plan to complete four more sea-based launches this year. By combining sea-based and land-based launches, we aim to provide enhanced launch services for different satellite deployment missions in the market," said Liu Baiqi, founder of Galactic Energy.

Combining solid-state propulsion in its early stages and liquid propulsion in its last stage, the CERES-1 is adaptable to mission requirements and capable of meeting diverse launch payload demands.

Galactic Energy's bid to optimize its offshore launch capabilities may allow the company to push its advantage even further, reducing transport costs and improving launch positioning.

Faced with the uncertainty of sea-based launches, the research team has managed to address technical challenges to ensure safety.

"We have developed a low-cost locking and releasing mechanism to fasten the rocket before the launch and release it during the launch from the ship. We have also resolved the issue of rocket orientation and stabilization in case of hull shaking, enabling precise positioning, orientation, and navigation of the rocket," Liu said.

Chinese commercial rocket firm improves sea launch capability for satellite deployment

Chinese commercial rocket firm improves sea launch capability for satellite deployment

China's railways carried a total of 337 million tons of freight in May this year, up 2.8 percent year on year, with demand for coal-driven electricity as a driving force behind the movement.

The month saw nearly 71 million tons of freight transported by containers, up 20 percent year on year, according to statistics from China Railway.

According to China Railway, demand for electricity as summer approaches is keeping the railway system at high capacity. To support coal transportation of coal within the country and the export of Xinjiang coal, the average daily loading of coal on railways nationwide remained above 80,000 wagons and 55,000 wagons, respectively.

In international freight transport, China sent a total of 1,724 freight trains to Europe in May, sending 186,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, up 14 percent and 13 percent respectively year on year, setting a record for transport volume in a single month.

The China-Laos Railway carried 473,000 tons of cargo across the border in the month, up 16.2 percent year-on-year, along with a surge in fruit and vegetables transported to and from Southeast Asia.

China continues to promote its campaign to shift road freight to rail. Ports across the country are improving ship-to-train transshipment solutions with an average of 33,600 wagons transshipped per day, up 15.4 percent year-on-year.

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

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