Beijing, China: China will put into space a high-definition civil survey satellite, the first of its kind in the country, at the end of this year, announced Song Chaozhi, Deputy Director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. The satellite, ZY 3, will be launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north Shanxi Province.
Once successfully launched, the satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit at about 506 kilometres in altitude and be capable of producing seamless imagery of the earth’s surface from 84 degrees south latitude to 84 degrees north latitude, according to a statement issued from the Administration.
The satellite will help the mapping efforts in the country’s western regions where geographic information is difficult to collect and update due to limits of equipment and technology, Song said. In addition, the administration announced that China has finished the surveying and mapping for the first 1:50,000 scale map in the country’s western regions of about 2 million square kilometres.
The map will provide geographic information for the country’s water conservancy, transportation, energy and telecommunication projects, the administration said in a statement.