China launches Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite

May 17, 2016 15:24 IST

China on 15 May 2016 launched the Yagoan-30 remote sensing satellite. It was placed in the sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) by using the Long March 2-D rocket.

The satellite was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center located in Gobi desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

Features of Yaogan-30 satellite

• It will be used for scientific experiments, land survey, crop yield assessment and disaster monitoring.

• It has high resolution optical sensors that have a resolution of between one to three meters.

• The satellite was placed in the SSO so that it provides favorable illumination for the imaging missions.

• It has two deployable solar arrays along with batteries. It uses the CAST-2000 platform, which has a dry mass of about one metric ton.

• The first satellite in the Yaogan series, Yaogan-1, was launched in 2006.

Features of Long March 2-D rocket

• It was the 227th mission for the Long March rocket family.

• Long March 2-D is a two-stage rocket developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology.

• The rocket is mainly used for launching satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and SSO. It can launch up to 1300 kg cargo in a 645 km SSO.

• It is characterized by high reliability, wide application and mature technology.

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