China launches experimental orbiter

Updated: 2013-07-15 19:06


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JIUQUAN - China successfully sent an experimental orbiter into space on Monday, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center has announced.

The orbiter SJ-11-05 was launched from the center at 5:27 p.m. Beijing Time on Monday and went into scheduled orbit, according to the center, which is located in northwest China's Gobi desert.

The orbiter was carried by a Long March II-C rocket. It will be used to conduct spacial scientific and technological experiments.