Posted: Sat, Jun 4, 2022, 8:12 AM ET (1212 GMT)
A Long March rocket launched nine satellites Thursday for a constellation being developed by a Chinese automaker. The Long March 2C rocket lifted off at midnight ED (0400 GMT) Thursday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center and placed the GeeSAT-5 (01-09) satellites into orbit. The satellites belong to Geespace, a wholly-owned subsidiary of automaker Geely Technology Group. It is developing a constellation of 240 satellites that Geely says will be used to support autonomous driving.