China sent its Observation Satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province at 2:51 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time).
The Satellite, Gaofen-10, was launched aboard a Long March 4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the 314th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
As part of the country’s high-definition Earth observation project, the microwave remote sensing satellite is capable of providing photographs with a resolution of less than a meter.
Gaofen-10 will be used in land survey, urban planning, road network design, crop yield estimate, as well as disaster relief. It can also serve key national strategies such as the Belt & Road Initiative.
The Satellite and the carrier rocket were both developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.