China: Latest Launch

China launched its first satellite to conduct high resolution earth observation from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu Province Friday.

The satellite was launched on a Long March-2d carrier rocket at 12:13 and marked the 175th launch in China's Long March series of rockets.

Three microsatellites, developed by Turkey, Argentina, Ecuador respectively, were also aboard the rocket.

The satellite will be able to acquire high-resolution data over vast swathes of terrain.

"The satellite flies and moves fast, and therefore has a wide coverage to collect data," said Chen Shiping, a chief designer of the high-resolution system project of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (castc).

The satellite's successful launch marked a milestone in China's space infrastructure development.

China plans to launch five to six more satellites before the end of 2015.

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