China Carries Out First Hot Launch of Rocket at Sea

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China successfully completed its first seaborne hot launch of a carrier rocket from the Yellow Sea on Friday, December 9.

The Space Dragon-3, also known as the Jielong-3, a commercial carrier rocket, was successfully launched with 14 satellites on board at 2:35 pm local time on Friday, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said.

China has previously completed cold launches at sea, where a missile is expelled from a launch tube using gas produced externally. The launch of Space Dragon-3 marks the country’s first hot launch at sea, where the rocket launches itself using onboard fuel, local media reported. Credit: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation via Storyful