China: HY-1C and HY-2B, China’s two ocean observation satellites have completed their in-orbit delivery, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The in-orbit delivery signifies that China’s first set of ocean observing satellites have become operational and these two satellites represent the highest level of remote sensing satellites, Xinhua reported.
Ling Yueming, Vice Minister, Natural Resources told Xinhua, “China will take advantage of both land and ocean observation satellites and create a network for natural resources monitoring, which will support ecological protection.”
Yueming added, “China will promote satellite data sharing to serve environmental protection, transportation and agriculture as well as other industries.”
The first ocean observation satellite HY-1C was launched in September 2018 with a lifespan of five years to assist in the monitoring of ocean colors and water temperatures.
The second satellite HY-2B also with a lifespan of five years was launched in October 2018. This satellite provides data to support relief during natural disasters, wave heights and temperatures of sea surfaces.