China Conducts First Launch of 2022

Long March 2D launches from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. (Credit: CASC)

China conducted its first launch of the year on Monday when a Long March 2D rocket launched the classified Shiyan-13 satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

Chinese officials gave no details about the function of the satellite.

The launch occurred at 10:35 a.m. local time. A Chinese media report said that temperatures in the launch site area were as low as -37 Celsius (-34.6 Fahrenheit).

It was the 406th launch of the Long March series of launch vehicles.