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China launches Four Satellites into Planned Orbits

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China launches four satellites into planned orbitsChina launched 4 satellites into planned orbits aboard the Long March-2D rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Northern Shanxi Province.  The satellites will be used for ecological environment monitoring, asteroid resource exploration, disaster prevention and mitigation among others.

  • The 4 satellites are Beijing-3 (BJ-3), HISEA-2 (HS-2), Yangwang-1 (YW-1) and Tianjin (TJ).
  • It was the 373rd flight mission of the Long March rocket series.

Purpose of the Satellites

i.The BJ-3 satellite is a commercial remote-sensing satellite developed by China Spacesat Company Ltd. It will provide services in the fields of resources survey, city management, environmental monitoring and disaster relief.

ii.HS-2 satellite will be used by Xiamen University for studying the ecological environment of the near shore and shallow sea.

iii.YW-1 satellite will be used by Shenzhen-based Origin Space Technology Ltd for asteroid resource exploration and research.

iv.TJ Satellite will be used by universities for teaching and training on in-orbit services.

1st Gen Meteorological Satellite

On June 3, 2021 China successfully launched the 1st of a new generation meteorological satellite ‘FY-4B’ into planned orbit.

  • It will be used in the fields of weather analysis and forecasting, and environmental and disaster monitoring.
  • According to China National Space Administration (CNSA), FY-4B will strengthen China’s observation and response capability of small and medium scale disaster events.

Recent Related News:

May 19, 2021, China launched ‘Haiyang-2D (HY-2D)’ Ocean Observation Satellite into the Orbit. It was launched by a Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, Gobi Desert, China.

About China National Space Administration (CNSA):

Administrator – Zhang Kejian

Headquarters – Beijing, China