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Newest Gaofen HD satellite lifted into orbit

Pub Date:2020-09-08 08:44 Source:China Daily

The satellite, Gaofen 11 02, is sent into orbit by a Long March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi province at 1:57 pm, Sept 7, 2020. [Photo by Zheng Taotao/chinadaily.com.cn]

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 Corp.

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.


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