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China launches a rocket from a ship for the first time
Team Sea and Coast | 06/06/2019

The National Space Administration's Long March 11 took off from a launch pad on a ship in the Yellow Sea today. The rocket carried five commercial satellites (including two for a company that plans to set up a global network of internet satellites) and two research-focused experimental ones, as narrated by the state media.

While the US and Russia worked with other countries on the Sea Launch platform (which wound down in 2014), China is the only nation to have launched a rocket from the sea using a platform and tech it fully owns, according to TechCrunch. The launch, however, took place from a private cargo ship.

SpaceX, meanwhile, has also launched and landed rockets at sea.

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