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China successfully launched two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan today, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. The satellites, PRSS-1 and PakTes-1A, were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 a.m. local time.

PRSS-1 is China’s first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan. The satellite will be used for surveying land and resources, monitoring natural disasters, agricultural research, and providing remote sensing information for the China’s Belt and Road region. PakTes-1A is a scientific experiment satellite and was developed by Pakistan.

This is the first international commercial launch for the Long March-2C rocket in about 19 years.

Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications is an Australian Earth Observation (EO) community undertaking to describe EO data, processing and applications in an Australian context and includes a wide range of local case studies to demonstrate Australia’s increasing usage of EO data.

This series will be published across three volumes and aims to consolidate EO teaching resources in Australia and encourage a greater number of tertiary courses involving EO in Australia.

Volume 2A of Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications is now available from the CRCSI website. This new sub-volume, entitled Volume 2A: Processing—Basic Image Operations, launches the second of three volumes in this series of publications. This series explains the principles and products of Earth Observation (EO) in an Australian context and features a wide range of local case studies. Each text has been prepared by a diverse panel of Australian EO professionals, with the production of the series being sponsored by FrontierSI (formerly the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Geoscience Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

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