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China launches another Gaofen Earth observation satellite

24 Aug 2020, 21:32 UTC
China launches another Gaofen Earth observation satellite
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A Long March 2D rocket lifted off Sunday (Chinese time) from the Jiuquan space center in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China. Credit: Xinhua
Another Chinese Gaofen Earth-imaging satellite launched Sunday aboard a Long March 2D rocket, riding to space with a pair of experimental rideshare payloads for the Chinese military.
The fifth in a series of Gaofen 9 Earth observation satellites lifted off at 0227 GMT Sunday (10:27 p.m. EDT Saturday) atop a liquid-fueled Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan space base in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China, according to Chinese state media.
The new satellite — designated Gaofen 9-05 — “will be mainly used for land surveys, city planning, land right confirmation, road network design, crop yield estimation and disaster prevention and mitigation,” China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said.
The description matches information published about previous satellites in the Gaofen 9 series.
Previous Gaofen 9 satellites launched in 2015 and on May 31, June 17 and Aug. 6 of this year. It is not clear whether the Gaofen 9 satellites are identical or only share a name, but Chinese state media reports associated with each launch indicated the payloads all carried optical Earth-imaging cameras with a ...

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