China has successfully launched a new model of carrier rocket, Long March-6.
The Long March-6 was launched on Sunday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province.
The rocket carried 20 micro-satellites into the space for space tests.
The new rocket, fueled by liquid propellant made of liquid oxygen and kerosene, is China’s first carrier rocket that uses fuel free of toxicity and pollution.
Designers say the new rocket also “reformed the way carrier rockets are tested and launched in China”.
Loading, testing and positioning were finished when the rocket was at a horizontal position, before it was lifted to an upright position for launching.
The new carrier rocket will be mainly used for the launch of micro-satellites.
The rocket is the 210th mission by the Long March rocket family.
In 1970, a Long March-1 rocket sent China’s first satellite, Dong Fang Hong 1, or “the East is Red”, into Earth orbit.