China intends to launch a Long March-11 rocket at sea in this year, which is anticipated to reduce the cost of entering space. The rocket has been called “CZ-11 WEY” under a deal amid China Space Foundation, the CALT (China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology), and a Chinese automobile manufacturer. Seemingly, China’s first seaborne rocket liftoff is planned for mid-2019 in the Yellow Sea, stated Jin Xin—Deputy Chief Commander of the rocket—during a press conference of the CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation) previously in this year. A seaborne liftoff has many benefits over a land launch. For example, the launch location is flexible and falling rocket remains has less danger. By utilizing civilian ships to liftoff rockets at sea will reduce launch costs and provide it a commercial edge, asserted experts.
The seaborne liftoff technology would assist China in providing launch services for countries involving in the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative). The Long March-11—having a length of 20.8 Meters and a liftoff weight of around 57.6 Tons—is the only rocket utilizing solid propellants amongst China’s latest generation carrier rockets. It has a comparatively simple structure and could be launched in less time. The rocket could carry a payload of 350 Kg at an altitude of 700 Km and 700 Kg to a lower-Earth orbit at 200 Km. It is chiefly used to transport small satellites and can carry multiple satellites in the orbit at the same time.
On a similar note, recently, China launched two satellites for technical scientific experiments. China effectively shipped two Tianhui II-01 satellites in the orbit from the TSLC (Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center), Shanxi Province. The satellites were lifted off by a Long March 4B rocket, which was the 303rd assignment of the Long March series rockets. The satellites would be utilized for land resource survey, scientific experiments, geographic mapping, and survey.