China uses first high-or­bit re­mote sens­ing satel­lite

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s first high-or­bit re­mote sens­ing satel­lite, Gaofen-4, went into use af­ter six months of inor­bit test­ing, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Science, Tech­nol­ogy and Industry for Na­tional De­fense an­nounced.

Gaofen- 4 is China’s first geosyn­chronous or­bit high­def­i­ni­tion op­ti­cal imag­ing satel­lite and the world’s most so­phis­ti­cated.

Dur­ing the in- or­bit test, Gaofen-4 has been used to collect im­ages of flood-hit ar­eas in south China and mon­i­tor fires that oc­curred in south­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince and in Rus­sia.

China started the Gaofen pro­ject with the launch of Gaofen-1 in April 2013. It aims to launch seven high-def­i­ni­tion ob­ser­va­tion satel­lites be­fore 2020, de­signed for dis­as­ter preven­tion, sur­veil­lance of ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters and for­est dis­as­ters and weather fore­cast.

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