China launches new ocean surveillance radar satellite

(ORDO NEWS) — On Wednesday (April 6), China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite to expand its ability to monitor ocean activity.

The Gaofen 3 (03) satellite took off on a Long March 4C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 23:47 GMT, with insulating tiles falling from the rocket as it rose into the sky.

The satellite will receive radar images with a resolution of 1 meter to assist in the prevention and mitigation of marine disasters, dynamic monitoring of the marine environment, environmental protection and other activities, state media in China said.

The new satellite joins two previous Gaofen 3 satellites in orbit, all orbiting about 755 km above Earth in sun-synchronous orbits.

The first pair were launched in 2016 and 2021, respectively, and together they form a network that will allow more frequent passage over certain areas of the Earth.

The mission was China’s ninth in 2022, with the country planning more than 50 launches this year.

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