On August 20th, an Earth-observation satellite, Long March 4C rocket launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
The new Earth-observation satellite launch took place at 11:45 a.m. EDT.
The new Earth-observation satellite launch was confirmed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The Gaofen 12 (04) Earth-observation satellite has been successfully launched and is currently in a near-polar orbit around 373 miles above Earth.
The new Earth-observation satellite is expected to adjust its orbit to align with the three other Gaofen 12 Earth-observation satellites that were launched in 2019, 2021, and 2022.
There is only a little information about the new Earth-observation satellite and its instruments.
The launched Gaofen 12 Earth-observation satellite are microwave remote-sensing satellites. These satellites are equipped with synthetic aperture radar payloads.
According to Chinese state media, the new Earth-observation satellite will have multiple uses such as land surveys, urban planning, road network design, determining crop yield, and assisting in disaster relief efforts.
The newly launched Earth-observation satellite Gaofen-12 04 was launched into space using a Long March-4C carrier rocket at 1:45 a.m. local time, Anadolu Ajansi says.
Anadolu Ajansi added that Xinhua News Agency stated that the new Earth-observation satellite was placed accurately into its planned orbit.