China launches naval surveillance satellite

China launches naval surveillance satellite

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China: China has launched Yaogan IX, remote-sensing satellite from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in north-western Gansu Province. Yaogan IX is believed to be the first generation of naval surveillance satellite, whose purpose and performance are similar to the US white cloud system. Yaogan IX may be used for geolocation of U.S. Carrier Fleet and part of ASBM (anti-ship ballistic missile) system.

The satellite was sent into space aboard a Long March 4C carrier rocket and would be used to conduct scientific experiment, carry out surveys on land resources, forecast grain output and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention endeavour. Its predecessor, Yaogan VIII, was launched from Taiyuan satellite launch centre in northern Shanxi Province last December.

Source: China Mashup