Taiyuan, China: China launched Ziyuan III, a high-resolution remote-sensing satellite, for civilian use from its Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province. According to a statement from the centre, the satellite aims to aid the country’s land-resources surveys, natural-disaster prevention, agriculture development, water-resources management and urban planning.
The satellite, weighing 2650 kg, entered an orbit of 500 km above the Earth about 12 minutes after it was launched. It has a designed life expectancy of five years. It was developed and produced by the China Academy of Space Technology, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
Source: China Daily