On October 14, 2012 at 03:25 UTC the "Chang Zheng-2C/SMA” (Long March) rocket-carrier was launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, China. The rocket orbited the "Shijian-9 A” and "Shijian-9 B”. Shijian means Practice in Chinese. The satellites are the first in a series of civilian satellites designed for technological experimentation. Developed by an affiliate company of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the satellites will be used to experiment with domestically developed components, satellite formations and inter-satellite measurement.