China successfully launched its Gaofen-10 earth observation satellite into orbit aboard a Long March-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province at 2:51 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time).
As part of the state-sponsored China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS) project, the Gaofen (“High Resolution”) microwave remote sensing satellite is capable of capturing photographs with a resolution of less than a meter.
According to Chinese state media, Gaofen-10 will be used in land surveys, urban planning, road network design, crop yield estimates, as well as disaster relief, and can also serve key national strategies such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But the exact nature of that satellite is not disclosed.
The satellite and the carrier rocket were both developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The launch was the 314th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.