China completes 2 launches in 3-day span with Gaofen & Shiyan-6
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-07-06
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China completes 2 launches in 3-day span with Gaofen & Shiyan-6

China has recently launched its classified Shiyan-6 (02) satellite, following the launch of Gaofen, which is a ‘multimode’ Earth observation satellite, into orbit 2 days earlier. These two launches will mark the 16th and 17th orbital launches made in China in 2020.

A Long March 2D that carried the Shiyan-6 (02) experimental satellite lifted off from Jiuquan. The CASC (China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation) announced the successful mission and gave official confirmation within half an hour of its launch.

Sources familiar with the matter have stated that the recent launch has been intended for conducting space environment study as well as related technological experiments. In November 2018, a Long March also had launched its 1st Shiyan-6 satellite into orbit.

Additionally, China has launched a high-resolution Gaofen multimode satellite recently. The Gaofen satellite & Xibaipo science outreach 2U CubeSat were lifted off into orbits by a Long March 4B at an altitude of 648 x 631 kilometers, inclined by 98 degrees.

The satellite will reportedly be adopted in the natural resource protection & exploration, agricultural & rural areas development, and emergency management. These Gaofen satellites are part of the civilian CHEOS (China High-resolution Earth Observation System) national project, which was approved in 2010.

Launched in April 2013, Gaofen-1 has provided 2 meters resolution panchromatic images of the satellite at nadir. Gaofen-9 (03), which was launched in June, is a sub-meter resolution optical satellite. These synthetic and optical aperture radar satellites have been designed to offer weather coverage for disaster relief, agriculture, road network design, urban planning, and land surveying, among other measures.

In addition, the country is anticipating other satellite launches in 2020. For instance, the Apstar-6D communications satellite is expected to be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center through a Long March 3B rocket in July. The Tianwen-1 Mars mission is also likely to be launched from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in July.

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