China launches new satellite

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China has launched a new satellite on Friday into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province.

The Gaofen-11 03 satellite was blasted off in to orbit, using the Long March-4B rocket which is an orbital launch vehicle. The Long March-4B rocket is also named as Chang Zheng 4B.

It was launched at 9:51 a.m. (Beijing Time). The China National Space Administration (CNSA) handles the space program of the country. Recently, the Chinese taikonauts China’s Tiangong space station made history by spacewalking.

The Gaofen, which means “high resolution”, satellite was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The key features of the satellite include land surveys, land rights confirmation, city planning, road network design, disaster prevention, and mitigation and crop yield estimation.—Agencies

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