A high-orbit optical remote-sensing Gaofen-13 satellite was launched by a Long March 3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province on Oct 12.
Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the satellite will provide information services for national economic development and will mainly be used in land surveys, crop yield estimates, environmental protection, weather forecasting, and early warnings, as well as disaster prevention and mitigation.
The carrier rocket, developed by CASC's China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, was updated with 16 new technologies in its fairing, pressurized transportation system, ignition system and laser inertial measurement unit data before carrying out the mission.
The launch on Oct 12 was the 349th of the Long March rocket series.
A Gaofen-13 satellite is sent into space by a Long March 3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province on Oct 12. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
The fairing of the carrier rocket is hoisted. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
(Executive editor: Wang Ruoting)