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China launches three commercial remote sensing satellites

Updated: Nov 21,2017 4:20 PM     Xinhua

TAIYUAN — China launched three remote sensing satellites at 12:50 pm on Nov 21 from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi province.

The three satellites -- Jilin-1 04, Jilin-1 05 and Jilin-1 06 -- carried cameras designed to improve observation capability to promote commercial use for the remote sensing industry.

It was the third launch of the Jilin-1 satellite family, a remote sensing system of more than 60 satellites developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd.

The system will be used for wide imaging, video imaging and multispectral imaging. Remote sensing data will serve administrations and commercial customers.

The satellites launched on Nov 21 were carried by a Long March-6 rocket, a new generation of China’s liquid-fueled carrier rocket developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The launch is the second mission of the Long March-6 and the 255th flight carried out with the Long-March series of carrier rockets.