Satellite to launch in 2016 for quake monitoring
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.