Remote sensing satellite station starts operation
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.