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.
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.