China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite for the Jilin-1 satellite constellation on Saturday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. However, the solid fuelled Kuaizhou-1A launch was declared a failure after several hours of waiting for information from Chinese state media.
No specifics were noted other than the rocket failed to deliver the satellite into the designated orbit.
Also known as Neimenggu-1 – Inner Mongolia 1 – the Jilin-1 Gaofen-02C is a result of the cooperation between the Changguang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd. and People’s Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
With its high resolution, large width, and high-speed data transmission, the new satellite was to be used in natural resource surveys, ecological environmental monitoring, urban construction, disaster prevention and mitigation, and other fields.
Orbiting at an altitude of 535 km orbit, and like the previous Jilin-1 Gaofen-02 sats, the new bird was to obtain static push-scan images with a full-color resolution better than 0.75 meters and a multi-spectral resolution better than 3.1 meters. Its launch weight was 230 kg.
The first announcement of the mission came on August 24 when the Changguang Satellite Technology Co. presented three satellites in the Jilin-1 Gaofen-02 series, referring that the satellites ...