28 February 2018
China is planning its first sea-launch of satellites carried by a Long March rocket, according to Yang Yiqiang, Commander-in-Chief of the Long March-11 rockets project of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation - CASC. He said that 2018 would see five launches of Long March-11 rockets, with four missions for commercial payloads on land, and one at sea. "The sea launch will meet the growing needs for launching near-equatorial and low-inclination satellites, and improve the rockets' adaptability," Yang said. "The solid-propellant Long March-11 rockets have strong quick-response ability with low prices, which provide better, competitive services in space commerce."
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