China launched its newest satellite in the Gaofen-series, high-definition Earth-observation network on Monday afternoon.
The Gaofen 11-02, the second in the Gaofen 11 fleet, was lifted atop a
Long March 4B carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
in North China's Shanxi province, according to a statement by the
State-owned space contractor China Aerospace Science and Technology
The satellite, developed and built by the company's China Academy of
Space Technology, is tasked with providing images and data to a wide
range of operations, such as land surveying, urban construction
planning, agricultural forecasting and disaster prevention and relief.
It also will provide information support to the Belt and Road Initiative
and China's national defense, the statement said.
The launch marked the 345th flight of the Long March rocket family
and the third mission of the Long March 4 series, which will fulfill a
busy schedule of launch operations before the end of this year, the
Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology said.