China launches rocket from space platform into near space.

ISLAMABAD -- A rocket was successfully launched from a space platform into 25 to 40 kilometer "near space" from Lenghu Town, Haixi Prefecture, northwest China's Qinghai Province .

The launch used a high altitude zero-pressure helium balloon as a space platform.

Through remote control to achieve aerial ignition and launch, the rocket can carry loads and undertake data collection, and achieve parachute landing after reaching a predetermined altitude, Ecns reported.

This is the world's first test launch of a sounding rocket from an aerostat.

So far, only Stanford University has carried out a test on launching rockets based on a high-altitude balloon, but the balloon had a very low payload...

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