Classified Chinese satellite releases small object in orbit

A classified Chinese technology verification satellite that launched earlier this month has apparently  released an object into orbit alongside it.

China launched (opens in new tab) Shijian 23 on a Long March 7A rocket on Jan. 8, sending the satellite into an initial transfer orbit to reach its intended geostationary orbit (GEO), around 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above Earth.

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