Beijing: China Monday launched a high-resolution remote-sensing satellite for civilian use from its Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province.
According to a statement from the centre, the satellite - Ziyuan III satellite - is tasked with offering services to aid the country`s land-resources surveys, natural-disaster prevention, agriculture development, water-resources management, and urban planning, Xinhua reported.
The satellite was launched aboard a Long March 4B rocket, it added.
Weighing 2650 kg, the satellite entered an orbit of 500 km above the earth about 12 minutes after it was launched.
The rocket also carried a satellite from Luxembourg, said the launch centre.