China Launches Hi-Def Observation Satellite

Alex Knapp reports: On Tuesday of this week, a Long March-4B carrier rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, carrying with it China’s Gaofen-2, as well as a Polish satellite as part of the BRITE constellation.

A Chinese Long March 4-B rocket lifted off on Tuesday, August 19 with the Gaofen-2 satellite and a Polish BRITE satellite. (Credit: China Great Wall Industry Corporation)

A Chinese Long March 4-B rocket lifted off on August 19 with the Gaofen-2 satellite and a Polish BRITE satellite. (Credit: China Great Wall Industry Corporation)

The Gaofen-2 is China’s most powerful imaging satellite in orbit to date. A full color satellite, it’s able to view images to a resolution of one meter, and according to the Chinese government, will be used for geographic surveys, environmental modeling, agriculture, and other applications.

“The goal of the BRITE constellation is to observe some of the brightest stars in the sky in the hopes of learning more about them from their light properties.”

As you might guess by the name, this satellite is the second in China’s Gaofen satellite series. The first, Gaofen-1, was launched in April of 2013. The Chinese government plans to place a total of seven Gaofen satellites into orbit. The first Gaofen satellite has been used for city development and agricultural planning, according to the Chinese government. The satellite was also used to assist the search for the missing Malaysian Airline flight earlier this year.

Piggybacking on the Gaofen-2 launch was the Polish satellite Heweliusz. This cubic nanosatellite nanosatellite is only 20cm to a side, and is part of the BRITE constellation of satellites, a joint venture between Canada, Austria and Poland. There are now five of the BRITE satellites in orbit, one from Austria, two from Canada, and two from Poland. Each contains telescopes for astronomical observation…(read more)

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One Comment on “China Launches Hi-Def Observation Satellite”

  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet Alex Knapp reports: On Tuesday of this week, a Long March-4B carrier rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, carrying with it China’s Gaofen-2, as well as a Polish satellite as part of the BRITE constellation. The Gaofen-2 is China’s most powerful imaging satellite in orbit to date. A full color satellite, it’s able to view images […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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