China launches another high-res EO satellite
(23 Nov 2021) Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Gaofen-3 02; Date: 22 November 2021, 2345 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The Earth observation satellite was deployed into a 737 km x 746 km x 98.41 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit.
The satellite will operate in tandem with the orbiting Gaofen-3 satellite to form a land-sea radar satellite constellation. It will improve the monitoring capabilities of marine ship observations, as well as the monitoring of emergencies at sea and the land-sea natural environment, Chinese state media said.
It will serve the fields of marine disaster prevention and mitigation, dynamic marine environment monitoring, environmental protection, water conservancy, agriculture and meteorology.
The Gaofen-3 02 satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and the rocket by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST).