China: Launch of high resolution EO satellite scheduled

Long March 2D launching off pad
Long March 2D launching off pad
Credits: Flickr/Cristóbal Alvarado Minic

China will launch the first satellite for its high-resolution system for Earth observation in April, as China's official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a government agency.

Examinations of the satellite and its carrier rocket, the Long March 2D, have been completed and the satellite is now in the launch stage, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SATIND).

China plans to launch five to six satellites before the end of 2015 in order to build a spatial, temporal and spectral high-resolution observation system.

The system will mainly provide services for the Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environmental Protection, and is expected to help reduce disasters, protect resources,the environment and national security, as well as support geographic and oceanic surveys and urban transportation management, the SATIND said.