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Polish and Chinese Satellites Successfully Launched into Space

19 Aug 2014, 19:57 UTC
Polish and Chinese Satellites Successfully Launched into Space
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China on Tuesday successfully launched its most advanced earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, and the Polish satellite BRITE-PL-2, also known as “Heweliusz”. The launch took place at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province at 11:15 a.m. Beijing Time. Gaofen-2 is the country's second high-definition satellite in orbit. The "Heweliusz" satellite, which is designed to observe the brightest stars in our Galaxy, is the Polish contribution to the BRITE mission, developed by a consortium of Canadian, Austrian and Polish institutes. The satellites were boosted by a Long March-4B carrier rocket.Gaofen-2 is China's most advanced high-definition Earth observation satellite, and is able to see a one-meter-long object from space in full color.It will be used for geographic and resources surveillance, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief and city planning.The primary users of the satellite will be the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Transport, and the State Forestry Administration, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).The Gaofen-2 is the second of seven satellites to be launched for China's indigenous high-definition observation project Gaofen before 2020. The project was initiated ...

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