China: successful launch of Yaogan XIX satellite

The satellite will be used to aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters
China view from space
Credits: NASA

On 20 November 2013 China successfully launched the Yaogan XIX, a remote-sensing satellite. Yaogan XIX was sent into scheduled orbit on the back of a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province.

According to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, the satellite will be used to aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters, conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys and monitor crop yields.

This launch marks the 184th mission for the nation's Long March rocket family.