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China sends 5 satellites into orbit on single rocket

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Beijing, Nov 20 (IANS) China launched a new space environment research satellite and four nanosatellites on a single rocket on Tuesday.

The satellites were carried by the Long March-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 7.40 a.m., reports Xinhua news agency.

The satellites have successfully entered their preset orbit, according to the center.

Shiyan-6 will be used for conducting space environment exploration experiments.

The term nanosatellite refers to a small artificial satellite weighing between 1 and 10 kg.

It was the 292th mission of the Long March rocket series.

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