China to launch HD earth observation satellite

China to launch HD earth observation satellite

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China: China plans to launch Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite this year, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

Gaofen-2 is an optical satellite with 1 m resolution panchromatic camera and a 4 m resolution multispectral camera. It will be launched in 2014 on a CZ-4B rocket from China's Taiyuan space centre. Equipped with better technology, Gaofen-2 will be able to see a one-meter-long object in full colour.

"The project will boost the development of China's remote sensing industry and ensure more effective social management," said Wu Zhenyu, researcher with the Development Research Centre of the State Council.

Source: Xinhuanet