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China to build comprehensive Earth observation system in 10 years
28 September 2014
China plans to build an Earth observation system that integrates use of air, space and ground based technology, including drones, satellites and GPS systems in the next ten years, a top official said today.
China has already built a network of satellites and other facilities for Earth observation in pursuing its space programs including manned space navigation, lunar probe and Beidou GPS navigation system but officials said much remains to be done in the actual application of the technology.
Remote sensing via satellites and other technology has played an important role in the national economic and social development, Xu Dazhe, head of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The administration will promote the construction of a high-definition Earth observation system (EBS) and the spatial data infrastructure, he said.
Source: The Economic Times
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