Chinese space program
Chinese space program. Image credit: CNN

China launched three Earth-observation remote-sensing satellites on Friday, July 24 at 11:13 PM, Eastern time. One of these satellites is the Ziyuan 3-03, whose function is to carry out space-based mapping, geological information collection, and emergency response support.

It also will be used to make resource surveys and environmental inspections. It has been developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

China launches 3 satelites - Ziyuan 3-03
Ziyuan-3 (03) and lobster. Image credit: CASC

Chinese media reported that “The satellite has advanced equipment, such as a three-line array panchromatic stereo camera and a laser altimeter, capable of generating high-resolution pictures. Its service will be extensively helpful in a number of public fields, including natural resources management, transportation, emergency response, and environmental protection” and said that it was supposed to stay active for 8 years.

Whereas, SpaceNews claims that a fourth Ziyuan satellite may be launched this year.

One of the other satellites lifted off yesterday is the Tianqi 10, to be operated by Guodian Gaoke, a Beijing-based satellite operator.

The small satellite is the seventh in the company’s Tianqi network, which is being built to offer space-based Internet of Things (IoT) services, according to the Beijing operator.

The launch took place at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi province, and a Long March 4B rocket was used for liftoff.

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China continues to build a proactive stance in its Space Exploration and Research Missions in 2020, with back-to-back space visits in July.

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While NASA gears up for its Mars Mission ‘Perseverance’ rover launch on later in July, China launched its own Mars rover mission ‘Tianwen-I’ just on July 23.

With this satellite launch closely following Tianwen-I, the teams from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. are looking to leave deep imprints in the world of Space Research. 

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