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Tech­nol­ogy Co, dis­trib­u­tor of im­ages and data gen­er­ated by Su­perView satel­lites, said govern­ment de­part­ments, public in­sti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies are ex­pected to spend 500 mil­lion yuan ($71.9 mil­lion) on the pro­cure­ment of 2.5-m-res­o­lu­tion or clearer im­ages, adding that for­eign com­pa­nies ac­count for about 75 per­cent of this mar­ket. In ad­di­tion, all of the high­est­def­i­ni­tion im­ages, such as the 0.5-m-res­o­lu­tion ones now avail­able on the Chi­nese mar­ket, are con­trolled by for­eign providers.

“The Su­perView net­work will en­able us to end for­eign com­pa­nies’dom­i­nan­cein this mar­ket and will force them to lower their prices,” she said.

Zhang Xiaomin, a se­nior re­searcher at the China Acad­emy of Space Tech­nol­ogy who took part in the Su­perView satel­lites’ de­vel­op­ment, said that com­pared with for­eign satel­lites of its kind, Su­perView satel­lites fea­ture more func­tions, stronger ca­pa­bil­i­ties and higher ac­cu­racy.

A small satel­lite de­signed by about 40 stu­dents at Bei­jing Bayi School un­der the guid­ance of space sci­en­tists was also part ofWed­nes­day’s launch. The satel­lite, Bayi Young­sters’ Ex­pe­di­tion, will take pic­tures of the ground and con­duct ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions and au­dio trans­mis­sion ex­per­i­ments, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

YAN TONG/ FOR CHINA DAILY

Teach­ers and stu­dents of Bayi School in Bei­jing dis­play a small satel­lite made by stu­dents at the mid­dle school in late Novem­ber. The satel­lite, launched on Wed­nes­day, in­cludes tech­nol­ogy for ground im­ages and ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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