China's Smart Dragon-3 rocket lifts 14 satellites in maiden flight

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YANTAI, Shandong, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China launched a Smart Dragon-3 rocket at the Yellow Sea on Friday, placing 14 satellites into planned orbit.

The commercial rocket blasted off at 2:35 p.m. (Beijing Time). The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center conducted the offshore launch mission.

It was the maiden flight of the Smart Dragon-3 rocket.