On December 27, 2020 China successfully launched ‘Yaogan 33R’, a new remote sensing satellite from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China into space. The satellite was sent into orbit by a Long March-4C(Y35) rocket.
- It was the 357th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
- Weina Jishu Shiyan, a micro and nano technology experiment satellite was also launched in this mission.
Purpose of the Satellite
These 2 satellites will be used for scientific experiments, land resources survey, crop yield estimation and disaster prevention and reduction.
Both the satellites are the final satellites to be orbited by China in 2020 and also the last satellites on China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.
About Yaogan Weixing(Remote-Sensing Satellite):
It is a series of Earth observation satellites launched by China since 2006.
Yaogan-29 is the first satellite of this second generation SAR, that was launched on November 26, 2015.
Recent Satellite Launches of China
i.China National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully launched Gaofen-14, a New Earth Observation Satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC) in Southwest China’s Sichuan province. Rocket– Long March-3B/G5 Carrier Rocket
ii.China successfully launched the Gravitational Wave High-energy Electromagnetic Counterpart All-sky Monitor (GECAM also called Huairou-1) comprising of 2 satellites for Gravitational Wave Detection from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC), Sichuan Province, China. Rocket– Long March-11 Rocket
iii.China’s new Space Carrier Rocket ‘Long March-8’ successfully launched 5 satellites into a preset orbit in its maiden flight, the rocket was launched from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, Hainan, China
Recent Related News:
China has successfully launched the world’s first 6G satellite named “UESTC” satellite (Star Era-12)” into orbit with an aim to test communications from space using high-frequency terahertz (THz) spectrum. It was one of the 13 satellites aboard the Long March-6 rocket, which launched on November 6, 2020 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province of China.
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