Satel­lite to launch in 2016 for quake mon­i­tor­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China’s first test satel­lite will launch in 2016 to im­prove the coun­try’s earthquake mon­i­tor­ing net­work.

Yuan Shi­geng, project man­ager for the satel­lite, said that dur­ing its mis­sion life of five years, the satel­lite will col­lect and sup­ply data for re­search on earthquake mon­i­tor­ing, earth sci­ence and space sci­ence. The China Earthquake Ad­min­is­tra­tion will be the main client for the satel­lite.

Shen Xuhui, a pro­fes­sor at the in­sti­tute of earthquake sci­ence at the CEA, said the satel­lite’s de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clude large-scale, highly dy­namic, multi-pa­ram­e­ter and all-weather fea­tures, which will be im­por­tant for the cur­rent ground mon­i­tor­ing net­work.

China had 43 earthquakes above mag­ni­tude-5.0 last year that claimed thou­sands of lives.

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