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At -20℃, CZ-2 D launch vehicle successfully launched satellites for Saudi Arabia
At 12:12 on December 7, at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, CZ-2 D launch vehicle successfully launched SaudiSat 5A and SaudiSat 5B of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the space from the chilly Gobi Desert with a roar. Twelve satellites, including two primary satellites of Saudi Arabia, together with another 7 IOT technology validation satellites and 3 remote sensing test satellites were sent to the intended orbit.
The launch was made according to relevant spirits of the Memorandum of Understanding for Space Science & Technology Cooperation for cooperation in the launch service area signed between the governments of China and Saudi Arabia in 2013 by China Great Wall Industry Corporation, an affiliate to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. It is of great importance for further strengthening the cooperation of China and Saudi Arabia in the aerospace field.
SaudiSat 5A and SaudiSat 5B satellites are two remote sensing satellites developed independently by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) for earth observation, as well as the largest earth-observation satellite it has developed independently and launched so far.
KACST is a state owned research institute of Saudi Arabia. Its research area is very wide and includes the aerospace field. It plays a vital role in the vision planning of Saudi Arabia for the year 2030. The successful launch has provided a big support for strengthening the Belt and Road Initiative.
CZ-2 D launch vehicle for this launch mission is developed by the 8th Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The interval period of this launch mission is the shortest for single station launching by a liquid rocket in service now. The whole period from approach to launch only lasts for17 days.
On the day of launching, affected by the first cold wave in this winter, the temperature at the launch window of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center dropped below -20℃.The mature and reliable CZ-2 D launch vehicle successfully finished thelaunching mission despite of the low temperature.
This launch is the 293rd flight of China's CZ series launch vehicles, the 102nd launch taken charge of by the 8th Research Institute, as well as the 33rdlaunch of LZ launch vehicles this year.