Long March LM-6 Space Rocket’s Makes First Launch, Brings 20 Satellites into Space

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Media Outlet: Popular Science

On September 19, 2015, the Long March 6 (LM-6) space launch rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Built as a rapid response, light launcher, the LM-6 uses a single 120 ton thrust YF-100 liquid oxygen and kerosene rocket engine (the same booster as the heavy Long March 5's booster rockets) as its first stage to loft a one ton payload into low earth orbit. The LM-6's second stage is a YF-115 engine that also burns liquid oxygen and kerosene.

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