A new Earth-observation satellite was successfully launched by China on Thursday, 7th April 2022, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the north-western part of the country.
Long March-4C rocket launched Gaofen-3 03 at 7:47 a.m. (Beijing Time) and it went into orbit as planned.
Together with two satellites from the Gaofen-3 series that have already been launched, the three will work together to make a "sky eye" in space.
The three satellites are all on the same orbital plane, and they work together to be more efficient by going around the Earth every 99 minutes.
To assist China's maritime development, environmental resource monitoring, and disaster prevention and mitigation, the design will increase the number of times satellites view the Earth, improve their revisiting capabilities, and expand worldwide coverage.
The Gaofen-3 02 and 03 include an auto-identification system (AIS) and other improvements over the first satellite of its…more