China launched another satellite for its Jilin-1 remote sensing constellation orbiting the Kuanfu-1 (Wideband-1) satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on January 15. The launch took place at around 02:53 UTC from the LC9 launch complex using the Long March-2D (Y58) rocket.
Together with Jilin-1 Kuanfu-1, the first mission from Taiyuan in 2020 orbited two new satellites for the Argentinian Aleph-1 constellation and the Chinese micro-satellite Renmin-1, although post launch information shows that was apparently replaced by Tianqi-4.
The Jilin-1 constellation:
The Jilin-1 satellite constellation was developed on China’s Jilin Province and is the country’s first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use. Data will be provided to commercial clients to help them forecast and mitigate geological disasters, as well as shorten the time scale for the exploration of natural resources.
The satellites were developed by the Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd under the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The new satellite, Jilin-1 Gaofen-2B, is the 15th satellite of the constellation and is similar to the Jilin-1 Gaofen-2A orbited on November 13 by the Kuaizhou-1A (Y11) launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The new satellite will be operational at an ...