BEIJING - China launches three new satellites into space with new advanced technology.
They were launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11:26 local time.
The resource satellite, ZY-1 02D, will provide observation data for natural resources asset management, ecological monitoring, disaster prevention and control, environmental protection, urban construction, transportation and contingency management.
With an expected lifespan of five years, ZY-1 02D, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), will form a network with more satellites to follow.
The launch center successfully applied several self-developed systems for this launch mission.
"For the ZY-1 02D mission, we applied over ten scientific and technological results like the hydraulic testing system for the rotary platform on launch pad and the intelligent analysis system for multi-frequency complex curve of test data, which has laid a solid foundation for the successful launch," said Peng Bo, an engineer of the launch center.
One of the two small satellites launched on the same rocket belongs to Beijing Normal University with the name of BNU-1, and the other belongs to a Shanghai-based private space technology company. Both have an expected lifespan of one year.
Thursday's launch is the 310th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center have made breakthroughs in many core technologies in recent years to satisfy various demands of space launch with multi-model and high-density.