Three days after losing a high-resolution remote sensing satellite due to an apparent problem with its upper stage, China launched nine new satellites for the Jilin-1 remote sensing constellation from a barge out at sea.
Launch of the nine Jilin-1 Gaofen-03 satellites took place at 1:20 UTC on Tuesday using the Long March-11H (Y2) rocket.
Launched from the De Bo 3 launch platform, all mission preparations and countdown operations were conducted from the command and control ship Bei Hai Jiu 101. This ship left port on September 13 to travel to the launch zone in the Yellow Sea.
The Jilin-1 Gaofen-03 (Jilin-1 High Resolution-03) satellites are a group of nine satellites for the Jilin-1 EO satellite constellation. With a mass of less than 40 kg, the group includes three video satellites and six push-broom satellites.
Developed by Changguang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd., and fully inheriting the mature technical principles of the Jilin-1 Gaofen-03A satellite, the new satellites adopt a lightweight structural design.
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They include an integrated electronic system, high-resolution ultra-light Innovative technologies – such as low-cost quantitative cameras – and have the characteristics of low cost, low power ...