BEIJING – China on Thursday morning launched a new disaster preparedness, emergency management and environmental monitoring satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province.
A Long March-2C rocket carrying the S-SAR01 satellite lifted off at 6:53 a.m. (Beijing time).
The satellite has entered the predefined orbit. Its main users will be the Ministry of Emergency Management and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
By obtaining S-band radar image data with a resolution of 5 meters, the satellite will support disaster prevention, mitigation, relief and environmental protection.
It will also serve natural resources, water conservancy, agriculture, forestry, earthquakes and other fields, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.
Thursday’s launch marked the 443rd mission in the Long March missile series.