Taiyuan, China: China successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XII from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern Shanxi province. The satellite was sent into space aboard a Long March 4B carrier rocket.
The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out surveys on land resources, estimate crop yield and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention. Also hitching a ride on the rocket was the satellite Tianxun I, which will be used to carry out technological verification tests.
Yaogan XI was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province in September last year.