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A Long March-2D carrier rocket carrying Chuangxin-1-04 flies in the sky at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, Sept. 4, 2014.
China successfully launched two satellites via one rocket at 8:15 a.m. Thursday Beijing Time (0015 GMT) at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
One of the satellites is the Chuangxin-1-04, which is designed to collect and transmit data on hydrology, weather, electric power, and disaster relief.
The other is a “smart satellite” to conduct multimedia telecommunications experiments.