China successfully launched the Yaogan-30 (08) remote sensing satellites into orbit using the Long March 2C rocket, lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. It was China’s 13th launch of 2021 & 369th mission of the Long March rocket series.
- The 3 satellites launched in the mission will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other technology tests.
- Yaogan-30 (08) is the 8th trio of Yaogan satellites to be launched into space, the previous 7 launches have been conducted since 2017.
- ‘Tianqi-12’ – a small satellite for Internet of Things (IoT) data connectivity built by Beijing based firm ‘Guodian Gaoke’ was also launched.
- Yaogan satellites are basically Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.
i.On April 30, 2021 China launched ‘Yaogan-34’ satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gobi Desert, China.
- Yaogan-34 is an optical remote sensing satellite for surveying land resources, urban planning, road network design, crop yield estimation and disaster prevention & reduction.
- It will be essential to provide information services for China’s Belt & Road Initiative.
- It was China’s 12th launch of 2021.
ii.China is aiming to launch at least 40 times in 2021.
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- On April 29, 2021, China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched the Core Module ‘Tianhe’ for its new permanent space station aboard the Long March-5B Y2 rocket.
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About China National Space Administration (CNSA)
Administrator – Zhang Kejian
Headquarters – Beijing, China