China Launches Gaofen-3 High-Resolution Radar Imaging Satellite [ Current Affairs - Science & Technology ]


China has launched a Gaofen-3 new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite. This satellite launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province.

Image of Gaofen-3 satellite

Image of Gaofen-3 satellite

showing image of Gaofen-3 satellite

Key details:

  • This satellite was the 233rd flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket.
  • This satellite launched off on the back of a Long March 4C rocket at 6:55 a.m. as per Beijing time.
  • This satellite has 12 imaging modes
  • First SAR imaging satellite of china will be used for :
  • First SAR imaging satellite of china will be used for :

    • Disaster warning
    • Weather forecasting
    • Water resource assessments
    • Protection of maritime rights
  • Because of South China Sea disputes China launched this satellite for the protection of its maritime right.

About Gaofen-3 satellite

  • This is the China’s first low orbit remote sensing satellite and it has a lifespan of eight years.
  • Gaofen-3 is launched in April 2013. Its cover the globe in just four days.
  • For Its user it’s provides a high-definition remote sensing data over long periods of time.
  • Gaofen-3 0.8 meters in full color and collects 3.2 meters or longer in length of multispectral images.

- Published on: August 11, 2016