China: China’s first commercial high-resolution earth observation satellite network has begun to operate, its developer said. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the country’s major space contractor, has released several images taken by SuperView 1A and 1B, the first two satellites of the SuperView system.
Tourists were seen visiting the Potala Palace in Tibet Autonomous Region in the captured images. The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, on the back of a Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province.
The two are operating at an altitude of 500 kilometers, with a panchromatic resolution of 0.5 meters and multispectral resolution of two meters, said Zhang Xiaomin, vice general manager of the Dongfanghong Satellite Co., Ltd under the CASC.
The China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co. Ltd, which is also under the CASC, is in charge of commercial operation of the satellites. Xu Wen, general manager of China Siwei, said the satellites will provide services in a number of fields from environmental monitoring to disaster mitigation.
In China, there is a huge demand on remote sensing data, which, until now, came from foreign sources.