China launches two satellites into orbit

China launches two satellites into orbit

China sent two satellites into orbit to test the space-based Internet of Things (IoT) communications technology.

The satellites, Xingyun-2 01 and 02, were launched today by a Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) carrier rocket at 9:16 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. They have successfully entered their planned orbit.

Developed by the Xingyun Satellite Co., the satellites will conduct tests on technologies including space-based IoT communications, inter-satellite laser communications and a low-cost commercial satellite platform, Xinhua reported.

They will also carry out initial pilot IoT applications, according to the company.

Tuesday's launch was the ninth mission of the KZ-1A carrier rocket.