TAIYUAN - China on Sunday launched a Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket to place two satellites in space, Xinhua news agency reported.

The pair of satellites, Shiyan-14 and Shiyan-15, were lifted from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in the northern province of Shanxi and soon entered the preset orbit.

The Shiyan-14 will mainly be used to conduct scientific experiments and verify new technologies, while the Shiyan-15 will provide data in the fields of land survey, urban planning, and disaster prevention and mitigation.

It was the 18th flight mission of the Kuaizhou-1A series rockets, according to the launch centre.