China launches experimental satellite into polar orbit

China’s latest space launch sent a third Shiyan 6 experimental satellite into orbit while sporting a new, ultra-black coating to help improve performance of optical sensors.

The Shiyan 6 (03) satellite launched on April 7 atop a Long March 4B rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China at 7:01 p.m. EDT (2301 GMT, or 7:01 a.m. April 8 local time). 


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