Beijing: China on Tuesday successfully launched
its first high resolution, stereoscopic mapping satellite for
accurate surveys of its land resources.
The satellite `Mapping Satellite-I`, which was launched
on a Long March 2-D carrier rocket from the northwestern
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 3:10 pm (local time), has
successfully entered into the preset orbit, the centre said.
The civilian use of the satellite will start in the
second half of 2011.
The launch came just in two months of successfully
transporting a navigation satellite, its fourth orbiter, into
Mapping Satellite-I, developed by a company under the
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC),
would be mainly used to conduct scientific experiments, carry
out survey on land resources and mapping, said a statement
posted on Ministry of National Defence website.
The remote sensing information and test results from the
satellite would promote the country`s scientific research and
economic development, it said.
The launch was the 128th for China`s Long March series of
rockets since April 24, 1970, when a Long March-1 rocket
successfully sent the country`s first satellite Dongfanghong-1
into the space.