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China launches sounding rocket

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016,14:41 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Beijing | China today launched a sounding rocket designed to conduct research, take measurements and scientific experiments in the country’s Hainan Province. Kunpeng-1B was launched from Danzhou City in the early hours today by the National Space Science Center (NSSC).

The rocket fulfilled its mission of taking measurements in the upper atmosphere that will help with research of rocket sounding, high-speed flight and space tourism, the NSSC said. Peaking at 316 km, the whole flight took about 10 minutes.

NSSC head Wu Ji said sounding rockets are an efficient tool for space exploration and scientific experiments, able to study physical phenomena including geomagnetic fields, cosmic rays and ultraviolet light.