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China launches new mapping satellite

05-06-2012 17:51 BJT

JIUQUAN, Gansu, May 6 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched its Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province at 3:10 p.m. Sunday.

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite blasts off
from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu
Province, May 6, 2012. The satellite has entered its preset orbit. The satellite,
developed and produced by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Technology
Corporation (CASC), will mainly be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out
land resource surveys and map territory, according to a statement released after the
launch. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

The satellite, which was launched using a Long March 2-D carrier rocket, has entered its preset orbit. Another similar satellite, the Tianhui I, was launched into space in August 2010.

The satellite, developed and produced by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), will mainly be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land resource surveys and map territory, according to a statement released after the launch.

Remote sensing information and test results from the satellite will boost both the country's scientific research and economic development, said the statement.

The mission marked the 161st launch for the Long March rocket family since April 24, 1970, when a Long March-1 rocket successfully sent the country's first satellite, the Dongfanghong-1, into space.

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite blasts off
from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu
Province, May 6, 2012.  (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping
satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the  (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

A Long March 2D carrier rocket carrying Tianhui I-02 mapping satellite blasts off
from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu
Province, May 6, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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