China on 10 August 2016 launched Gaofen-3 Satellite, China's first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite. The satellite was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi province on Wednesday.
Gaofen-3 is a high-resolution satellite for the protection of its maritime rights as the South China Sea dispute continues to simmer.
Highlights of the Gaofen-3 Satellite
• It is also China's first low orbit remote sensing satellite that has a lifespan of eight years.
• It will be used for disaster warning, weather forecasting, water resource assessments, and the protection of maritime rights.
• With 12 imaging modes, the high-definition observation satellite is capable of taking wide pictures of the Earth and photographing detailed scenarios of specific areas.
• It is able to provide high-definition remote sensing data for its users over a long period of time.
• It was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, under the guidance of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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