The People’s Republic of China has just launched three satellites on one of their older versions of rockets, the well-known Long March 4B. The launch took place during the late hours of Friday and it was for remote sensing and a new technique called novel lobster eye x-ray astronomy. The other purpose of these satellites involves the acquisition of commercial data.
The rocket has officially lifted off the surface of the Earth from their most used satellite launch center, the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. It took place at exactly 11:13 p.m. Eastern time on Friday. The main contractor of the Chinese space agency, the well-known China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, has now confirmed that the launch was a tremendous success within one hour of the launch.
The most important payload was the remote sensing satellite with the code name Ziyuan-3, which was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology under CASC. This highly important satellite has three 2.5 meter-resolution cameras that were designed for producing reports that provide geographic information, together with resource survey and comprehensive monitoring.
The actual satellite is going to be networked together with the Ziyuan and Gaofen-7 satellites. Once they are in orbit, the satellites are going to provide a lot of stable satellite data sources. The last and fourth series of the Ziyuan-3 satellite will possibly be launched sometime during this year.
There are two small sats involved. For them, the x-ray astronomy and commercial data acquisition were supposedly developed by a company called Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ldt, which is actually a research institute found under the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, also abbreviated as SAST. This research institute is, in fact, a major subsidiary of the China Academy of Space Sciences, so it is an interesting fact that the Chinese effort for space exploration is that centralized.