China launches land exploration satellite

China on 23 December 2017 launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit for remote sensing operations.

The satellite launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, northwest China’s Gansu Province during early morning hours.

The satellite will be mainly used for remote sensing exploration of land resources.

It was carried by a long march-2D rocket.

The launch was the 259th mission of the Long March rocket series.

China had on 25 November successfully launched remote sensing satellites designed to conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments.

The satellites were launched on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwestern Sichuan province.

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