China may launch first surveying & mapping satellite in 2008

China may launch first surveying & mapping satellite in 2008

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China expects to launch its first surveying and mapping satellite in 2008, said Lu Xinshe, head of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping.

After long time preparation and science workers’ efforts, conditions are becoming ripe for the country to launch its independently developed high definition, stereoscopic mapping satellite. General design for the satellite has been completed and is now under discussion. The satellite is expected to be launched in 2008.