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First Chinese sat for civilian use begins image transmission

China: China’s first remote sensing satellite for civilian use, Ziyuan III satellite sent back its first set of imagery. It was launched on January 9, 2012. According to a statement released by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, the administration has made hi-res imagery based on analysis of the data and posted it on tianditu.cn, a map website made by the administration with independent intellectual property rights.
The visual data covered an area of 210,000 square kilometres that included the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian. The image quality produced from this data is even higher than that achieved by overseas satellites with the same resolution, said the statement, adding that ongoing tests on the satellite might further improve its image quality. 
According to the centre, the satellite is tasked with offering services to aid the country’s land-resources surveys, natural-disaster prevention, agriculture development, water-resources management and urban planning.
Source: Xinhua