China launched a new remote sensing satellite on November 3 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Shanxi Province. Launch of Gaofen-7 took place at 03:52 UTC from the LC9 launch complex using the Long March-4B (Y38) – Chang Zheng-4B – rocket.
For the second time on a Chinese launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle was equipped with a grid system to reduce its impact area.
The landing mission was designated SGD-01 and like the previous one was useful to gather data for the new generation of reusable vehicles.
Photos confirm Grid Fins on the latest Long March 4B to launch. What's Chinese for "norminal"? https://t.co/IcQXRCZenJhttps://t.co/sMtzT34bt9 pic.twitter.com/YGbFM9ynkG
— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) November 3, 2019
Chinese media is referring to the new Earth observation satellite as playing an important role in land surveying and mapping, urban and rural construction and statistical investigation, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The new satellite was developed by the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Science and Technology Group Co., Ltd. and the satellite will be mainly used by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the National Bureau of Statistics.
The development of the Gaofen-7 ...