On June 15, 2010 at 01:39 UTC China launched the "Long March 2D” (Chang Zheng-2D) rocket-carrier from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center of Gansu Province.
The rocket orbited the "Shijian XII" satellite. The satellite was designed for carrying out scientific and technological experiments including space environment probe, measurement and communications.
"Shijian XII" was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, a research institution affiliated to state-run China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. "Shijian" means practice.
China produced its first Long March rocket in 1970. It was the 125th flight of Long March rockets.