China on 15 November 2014 launched remote sensing satellite Yaogan-23 from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre. The satellite was carried by a Long March-2c rocket, which marks the 198th mission for Long March rocket family.
The Yaogan-23 will be used mainly for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.
In 2006, China launched the first satellite in the Yaogan series that is Yaogan-1.
In future, China planned to launch about 70 remote sensing satellites to detect the near-Earth space environment and predict extreme events.
China will also launch about 20 communication satellites to meet communication demand in national security and public services.
Besides, China will launch about 30 navigation satellites to provide accurate and reliable global positioning and navigation services.
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