China’s over­seas re­mote sens­ing satel­lite sta­tion starts op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHENG YINGQI

China’s first satel­lite sta­tion over­seas was put into trial op­er­a­tion on Thursday.

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.

“Since China and Swe­den es­tab­lished diplo­matic ties 66 years ago, the two sides have achieved fruit­ful out­comes in bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion. I am sure that ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion in space projects will play a pos­i­tive role in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and so­cial eco­nomic per­cent devel­op­ment of the two coun­tries, mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the peace­ful use of outer space and ben­e­fit­ing all hu­man­ity,” Chen said in the let­ter.

“Kiruna is an ideal place for re­mote sens­ing satel­lite data re­cep­tion. With this ideal lo­ca­tion, and with this high-per­for­mance an­tenna, Chi­nese Earth ob­ser­va­tion satel­lites will ac­quire global data more ef­fi­ciently, and hence re­spond to user ap­pli­ca­tion re­quire­ments, such as dis­as­ter mon­i­tor­ing, bet­ter and quicker,” said Liu Jianbo, deputy di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Re­mote Sens­ing and Dig­i­tal Earth af­fil­i­ated to the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences.

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.

Do­mes­tic sta­tions can re­ceive a sig­nal from each satel­lite five times a day when it passes over­head, while the new sta­tion can re­ceive sig­nals up to 12 times a day.

In ad­di­tion, the new sta­tion can ac­quire satel­lite data in any part of the world within two hours.

“It is ca­pa­ble of re­ceiv­ing all-weather, all-time and multi-res­o­lu­tion satel­lite data, and it is an im­por­tant com­ple­ment to the four do­mes­tic sta­tions,” Liu said.

The In­sti­tute of Re­mote Sens­ing and Dig­i­tal Earth has been in charge of build­ing and op­er­at­ing the five ground sta­tions. Con­struc­tion started in the 1980s, and the ground sta­tion net­work now re­ceives and pro­cesses data sent from more than 30 satel­lites.

of the Asian con­ti­nent is cov­ered by satel­lite sig­nals that are re­ceived by China’s four do­mes­tic ground sta­tions.

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