China has successfully launched three (one domestic and two foreign) satellites namely Ziyuan III 02 satellite and two NewSat satellites.
They were launched on the back of a Long March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 228th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket.
- Ziyuan III 02 satellite: It is new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite and second in the remote-sensing mapping system that China plans to build by 2030.
- It will join its predecessor Ziyuan III 01 to form a network and capture high-definition 3-D images and multispectral data.
- Ziyuan III 02 is capable to collect 3-D images of objects 2.5 metres or longer and is able to reduce deviation of vertical positioning to 1 metre using an onboard laser range finder.
- It will be used for land resource surveys, agricultural development, natural disaster prevention, water resource management and urban planning, among others applications.
- Two NewSat satellites: They have been developed by URUGUS S A, the Uruguayan subsidiary of Argentine company Satellogic.