China, 4 February 2007 – China will launch the country’s second-generation oceanic survey satellite, “Haiyang-1B” (Ocean 1B), this April. Ocean 1B is the successor of “Haiyang-1A” (Ocean 1A), which was launched in 2002.
The surveying ability of “Haiyang-1B” has been improved greatly from the first-generation model, and its data collection capacity has doubled, said Jiang Xingwei, Director of the National Satellite Ocean Application Service. He also noted that both the satellites and the Earth system were designed domestically. To improve satellites’ capacity to survey the ocean environment and ocean resources, the Earth system is being expanded.
In another development China’s State Council has endorsed plans to launch the second-generation of the country’s oceanic survey satellites. The “Haiyang-2” (Ocean 2) series of satellites would be used to collect data on offshore wind fields, ocean circulation, tides, and sea surface temperatures.