China launches new remote-sensing satellite

Updated: 2010-03-05 16:21
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JIUQUAN: China has successfully put into orbit another remote-sensing satellite, "Yaogan IX" at 12:55 pm from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province, according to a statement from the center Friday.

The satellite was sent into space aboard a Long March 4C carrier rocket and would be used to conduct scientific experiment, carry out surveys on land resources, forecast grain output and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention endeavor, it said.

Its predecessor, "Yaogan VIII," was launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi province last December.