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China launches HD observation satellite Gaofen-9

14 September 2015

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China on 14 September 2015 launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen-9, as part of the country's high-definition Earth observation project.

Gaofen-9 was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu at 12:42 p.m. aboard a Long March-2D carrier rocket. It was the 209th flight of the Long March rocket series.

The optical remote sensing satellite is capable of providing photographs with a resolution of less than a meter. It will be used in land survey, urban planning, road network design, agriculture, and disaster relief.

Source: Xinhua News

Image credit: Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan - Long March-2D rocket launch, carrying Gaofen-9

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