Beijing: China on Thursday successfully launched a remote sensing satellite into a scheduled orbit at 3:12 pm from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China's Gansu province.
The Yaogan-24 satellite was launched via a Long March-2D carrier rocket, the 199th mission for the Long March rocket family.
According to state-run Xinhua news agency, the satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.
But, western analysts believe this class of satellites is used for military purposes.
In 2006, China launched the Yaogan-1 satellite, first in the Yaogan series. Built by the Shanghai SAST group, it is China's first space-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system.
Yaogan 1 is thought to have broken up around February 4, 2010 almost four years after it was launched.
(With Agency inputs)