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China Successfully Launched Shijan-21: Details, About Xichang Satellite Centre

 

 

 China Successfully Launched Shijan-21: Details, About Xichang Satellite Centre

On Sunday 24 October 2021, China successfully launched Shijan-21, a new satellite designed to test and evaluate space debris reduction technologies. It was launched from Sichuan Province in southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The satellite, known as Shijian-21, was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket and successfully entered its intended orbit. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the satellite will primarily be used to test and evaluate space debris reduction technologies.

About Xichang Satellite Centre

The Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) is a Chinese spaceport. It is also known as the Xichang Space Center. It lies in Zeyuan Town, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, about 64 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Xichang.

The facility opened in 1984 and is now utilized to launch a variety of civil, scientific, and military payloads each year. With the launch of the first of two Double Star scientific satellites in December 2003, it is significant as a site of Sino-European space collaboration. Chinese officials have expressed interest in using XSLC to launch more international satellites.


 

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