China Launches Gaofen-13 Optical Remote-Sensing Satellite

China successfully launched the new Gaofen-13 optical remote-sensing satellite from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China last week.

The Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the high-orbit optical remote-sensing satellite lifted off at 12:57 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12 (Beijing Time).

This satellite will serve economic development by providing information services. It will mainly be used for land surveys, crop yield estimations, environmental protection, weather forecasting, and early warnings, as well as disaster prevention and mitigation.

The launch was the 349th by the Long March rocket series.

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