China on 28 December 2016 successfully launched two high-resolution remote sensing satellites SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 with an aim to get commercial images.
These satellites were launched on-board of Long March 2D rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province.
Highlights of the SuperView-1 01 and 02 satellites
• These satellites will provide commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution.
• They will be used for scientific purposes as well as on a commercial basis.
• These satellites will be managed and operated by the Siwei Star Co. Ltd, located in Beijing.
• The mission of both satellites is to click images of the space and transmit them back to the earth.
About SuperView-1 satellite group
• Two more satellites of the SuperView-1 satellite grouping will be launched in the year 2017.
• The SuperView-1 group of satellites comprises four satellites circling in the same orbital plane at an altitude of 500 km.
• These satellites are expected to deliver the imagery with 2 m multispectral resolution with a thickness of 12 km and 0.5 m panchromatic resolution.
• Satellites of this group are enriched with multiple collection modes like multiple strips collection, stereo imaging long strip and targets.
• These group of satellites have the operational power in multiple modes including multiple strips collect, rolling imaging, imaging at nadir, stereo imaging, long strip and multiple point targets collect.
About Siwei Star Co Ltd
• Siwei Star Co Ltd is the complete owner and operator of this SuperView-1 constellation.
• The company is owned by China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co. Ltd, which is the subsidiary of China Aerospace and Technology Corporation (CASC).
• However, the legal global distributor of the satellite data is the Beijing Space View Technology Co Ltd.
When: 28 December 2016