Successful Launch of Chinese Remote Sensing Satellites of Yaogan-30 Project (Download PDF)

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China launched remote sensing satellites from Xichang Satellite launch centre in the southwest Sichuan province. This launch was the third batch of the Yaogan-30 project. The launch is the 260th mission of the Long March rocket family.

Launches remote sensing satellites of Yaogan-30 project

Launches Remote Sensing Satellites of Yaogan-30 Project

Launches remote sensing satellites of Yaogan-30 project

Which Rocket Carried the Satellites?

  • Long March-2C carrier rocket carried the three satellites.

What is Yaogan-30 Project?

  • Yaogan-30 is Remote Sensing Satellite programme of China.

  • China Academy of Space Technology developed the electro-optical digital imaging satellites under Yaogan-30 project.

What are these satellites expected to do?

  • The satellites are intended for

  • Electromagnetic probes

  • Scientific experiments

  • Land survey

  • Crop yield assessment

  • Disaster monitoring.

  • Western security experts suspect that they are also used for military purposes.

Mission is Similar to Naval Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS)?

  • The launch of three satellites on a singular carrier rocket was done several times by the Chinese. This mission is similar to the Naval Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS) operated by the United States.

About Launch Rocket

  • The launch vehicle has three configurations. The basic two stage Long March-2C and the Long March-2C/SMA and the Long March-2C/SM, using upper stages.

  • The previous orbital launch from Xichang using a Long March-2C launch vehicle took place on November 18, 2004.

  • The first launch from Xichang took place at 12: 25 UTC on January 29, 1984, when the Long March (Y1) launched the Shiyan Weixing (14670 1984 - 008A) communications satellite into orbit.

    More about Xichang Station

    Facilities on the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre include

  • Launch Control Centre

  • Propellant fuelling systems

  • Communications systems for launch command

  • Telephone and data communications for users

  • Support equipment for meteorological monitoring and forecasting.

What is Remote Sensing?

  • Refers to use of sensor technologies to detect objects.

  • Remote sensing satellites collect data by detecting energy reflected from Earth.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 1, 2018

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