China, 30 September 2014: Chinese space authorities have released the first imagery captured by Gaofen-2, the country's most advanced earth observation satellite so far. Gaofen-2, which was launched on 19 August, can render images with a ground sampling distance of 80 centimetres in panchromatic mode and 3.2 metres in multispectral mode.
Chinese space authorities have downloaded 15 high-resolution photos from the EO satellite. The photos include images of downtown Beijing and the bund area in Shanghai. The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense plans to use the new satellite to help with a variety of tasks, including land use surveillance, mineral resource surveys and disaster relief.
Gaofen-2 is the second of seven satellites to be launched as part of China's indigenous high-definition observation project. The overall Gaofen project is expected to be operational by 2020.