China successfully sent high-definition earth observation satellite "Gaofen-1" into space at 12:13 p.m. Beijing time on Friday, announced the State
Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).
The mission was carried by a Long March-2D carrier rocket from northwest China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The rocket also carried three small
satellites made by Ecuador, Argentina and Turkey as well as two satellite splitters from the Netherlands.
It is also the 19th launch of a Long March-2D, and the 175th of the Long March rocket series.
Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, Gaofen-1 is the first of five or six satellites to be launched for the high-definition earth
observation system (HDEOS) between 2011 and 2016.
Originally posted by DaRAGE
All I want to know is:
"WTF, are they CRT monitors?"
I'm sure many countries have earth observation satellites. Congrats on China for joining the program.
Considering China already has over 100 satellites of one form or another in space then really doubt they are just "joining the program"
At the moment they are one of the few countries that have the capability to put payloads into earth orbit, not many countries can claim that.
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