China launched a new remote sensing satellite on Friday, with a Long March 4C lofting Gaofen-10’s replacement.
The launch took place at 18:50 UTC from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
The Chinese media is referring to the new satellite as a new remote sensing bird that will be used for “land survey, urban planning, crop yield assessment, and disaster prevention, mitigation and monitoring”.
It is possible that this new satellite might be a direct replacement for the previously lost Gaofen-10 satellite. Gaofen-10 was lost on August 31, 2016 when problems developed with its launch vehicle. The exact nature of that satellite was never disclosed.
Gaofen (“High Resolution”) is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the state-sponsored program China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS).
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In May 2010, China officially initiated the development of the CHEOS system, which is established as one of the major national science and technology projects.
The Earth Observation System and Data Center of China National Space Administration (EOSDC-CNSA) is responsible for organizing the construction of the CHEOS that is near-real-time, all-weather, global surveillance network consisting ...