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China lofts earthquake research craft with cluster of smaller satellites

02 February 2018

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A Chinese Long March 2D rocket successfully delivered seven satellites into a 300-mile-high (500-kilometer) orbit Friday 02 February, boosting international missions to measure seismic signals that could help predict future earthquakes, take detailed imagery of planet Earth and test compact camera, propulsion and radio technology.

The main payload carried aboard the two-stage Long March 2D rocket was Zhangheng 1, a Chinese-built satellite designed to sense precursor signals emitted before earthquakes, research that could eventually lead to quake predictions.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: Xinhua/Wang Jiangbo - A Long March 2D rocket lifted off with seven satellites.

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