ChinaUS EUROPEASIA 中文双语Français

Long March 6 lofts 3 satellites into orbit

By Zhao Lei | China Daily | Updated: 2017-11-22 08:14

Long March 6 lofts 3 satellites into orbit

The Long March 6 blasts off at Taiyuan Satellite Lauch Center in Shanxi province, Nov 21, 2017. [Photo/IC]

The Long March 5 is the newest and one of the most powerful launch vehicles in the world. It is strong enough to launch China's manned space station, which will be assembled starting around 2019 and enter service in 2022.

With an ultimate goal of having 138 satellites in orbit by 2030, the Jilin 1 constellation is being constructed to offer clients high-definition videos and images of areas its satellites monitor. It is named after the northeastern province of Jilin, where its developer-the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences-is located.

The three satellites launched on Tuesday have a total weight of about 625 kilograms. They will work for at least three years in a sun-synchronous orbit 535 km above Earth, the institute said.

Eight Jilin 1 satellites have been put into operation. The first four were launched in October 2015 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China and the fifth was launched in January at the same facility.

Once the constellation becomes fully operational, it will service a wide range of civilian and business fields such as land resources monitoring, mineral exploitation, geographical mapping, agricultural estimation, environmental inspection, disaster relief and emergency response, according to the institute.

Previous Page 1 2 Next Page

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349