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China to launch high-resolution Earth Observation Satellite

(Beijing, Mar 29) China’s first satellite for its high—resolution system for Earth observation, aimed at reducing disasters and protecting resources, will be launched in April.

Examinations of the satellite and its carrier rocket — the Long March 2D — have been completed and the satellite is now in the launch stage, State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SATIND) said.

China plans to launch five to six satellites before the end of 2015 in order to build a spatial, temporal and spectral high—resolution observation system.

The system is expected to help reduce disasters, protect resources, the environment and national security, as well as support geographic and oceanic surveys and urban transportation management, the SATIND said.

It will also enhance China’s ability to obtain high—resolution observation data and accelerate its development of satellite application technologies, state run Xinhua news agency reported.