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From: CA.
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posted 04-26-2013 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
China launched a high definition Earth observation satellite today, called Gaofen-1. It was launched on a Long March 2D missile. It is one of a constellation of 5 or 6 that will eventually be launched.

Here's the People's Daily article (with pictures).

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.

The system could play an important role in disaster prevention and relief, climate change monitoring, geographical mapping, environment and resource surveying as well as precision agriculture.

The major users of the satellite will be the Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Agriculture, said the SASTIND, adding that the launch is of great significance in improving China's satellite development level and increasing its degree of self-sufficiency in high-definition remote sensing data.

I have to say, I do kind of wonder what is falling off the rocket in photos 3, 4 and 5.


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posted 04-27-2013 05:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't know but the Ariane 4 rocket also had some bits and pieces falling off at launch.

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