China launches new optical remote sensing satellite

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-12-07 15:52
The Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B satellite is launched on a Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Dec 7.

TAIYUAN -- China sent a new optical remote sensing satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China's Shanxi province at 10:55 am Saturday (Beijing Time).

The Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B satellite, which belongs to the Jilin-1 satellite family, was launched by Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) and entered the planned orbit successfully.

The satellite was independently developed by the Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd., featuring high resolution, wide width and high-speed data transmission.

The satellite will form a network with the 14 previously launched Jilin-1 satellites, providing remote sensing data and services for agriculture, forestry, resources and environment.

KZ-1A is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short preparation period. The rocket, developed by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, is mainly used to launch low-orbit microsatellites.

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