Re­mote sens­ing satel­lite sta­tion starts op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s first over­seas land satel­lite re­ceiv­ing ground sta­tion has been put into trial op­er­a­tion above the Arc­tic circle.

The China Re­mote Sens­ing Satel­lite North Po­lar Ground Sta­tion is above the Arc­tic circle, half an hour's drive from Kiruna, a ma­jor mining town in Swe­den.

An in­au­gu­ra­tion was held in the Es­range Space Cen­ter, where the sta­tion is lo­cated, on Thurs­day.

Chen Yum­ing, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Swe­den, sent a let­ter of con­grat­u­la­tions stat­ing that the ground sta­tion has laid a solid foun­da­tion for long-term re­la­tions be­tween China and Swe­den in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

China has ground sta­tions in Miyun in Bei­jing; Sanya in Hainan prov­ince; Kash­gar in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion; and Kun­ming in Yun­nan prov­ince.

The four ground sta­tions re­ceive satel­lite sig­nals cov­er­ing 70 per­cent of the Asian con­ti­nent.

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