China: China has launched Gaofen-8 Earth observation satellite from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi province. A Long March 4B rocket lifted-off the satellite from the LC9 launch complex at the facility, marking the 205th launch of the Long March rocket family.
Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology (CASC), Gaofen-8 is designed to facilitate climate surveying, disaster response, precision agriculture mapping, urban planning and road network design. Data gathered will primarily help the Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Agriculture. Gaofen-8 satellite is part of the China High-Resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS), which will comprise eight or nine satellites.
Source: NASA space flight