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China launches new disaster monitoring satellite, Kuaizhou II

21 November 2014

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A satellite for natural disaster monitoring was successfully launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. Friday, China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center announced.

The satellite Kuaizhou II, or speedy vessel II, will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information.

The satellite was carried by a small launch vehicle bearing the same name as the vessel Kuaizhou.

Source: Xinhua News

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