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China on Saturday launched a Long March-2D carrier rocket to place a remote sensing satellite group in space. 

The satellites, the fourth batch of the Yaogan-35 family, were launched at 1:37 a.m. from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan and entered the preset orbit. 

They will be used to conduct science experiments, land resource surveys and yield estimation of agricultural products as well as disaster prevention and reduction.

The mission was the 433rd flight of the Long March carrier rockets.

China's Long March rockets achieve record 103rd consecutive launch

China's Long March carrier rockets have set a national record of 103 consecutive successful launches since May 5, 2020. The streak was achieved in just 27 months, demonstrating the accelerated launch pace since 2020 and constantly improving Long March reliability.

The Saturday launch of a Long March-2D carrier rocket carrying a remote sensing satellite group was the 62nd successful launch for the series in the three decades since its debut. 

The Long March rockets are based on independent innovation. Chinese engineers have made various breakthroughs to improve the frequency and quality of China's homegrown rockets.


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