[Satnews] On October 7, China launched a group of four, indigenous, remote-sensing satellites for commercial use, which official media said is an important step in the development of space technology.
The ‘Jilin-1′ satellites, launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China’s Gansu Province, include one optical remote-sensing satellite, two satellites for video imaging and another for imaging technique testing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. All four satellites were developed and produced by Chang Guang Satellite Technology. The company will also take charge of commercial operations of the satellites to provide remote-sensing data and relevant products, which may be used for the monitoring, development, and surveying of resources as well as mapping and disaster prevention for domestic and overseas clients.
These satellites were carried aloft by a Long March-2D rocket. This is the 213th mission completed with a Long-March-series carrier rockets. Jilin, one of the country’s oldest industrial bases, is developing its satellite industry as a new economic driver. Chang Guang Satellite Technology, sponsored by the Jilin provincial government, the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and some privately-owned companies, plans to launch 60 satellites by 2020 and 137 by 2030.
”Satellites are no longer far removed from people’s lives. In the near future, more information provided by the satellites will be shared, and more satellite functions will be explored,” Chang Guang Satellite Technology board chairman, Xuan Ming, said.