China launches sub-meter class remote sensing satellite into space
Updated 14:36, 15-Jan-2020

China successfully launched a sub-meter-class remote sensing satellite, Jilin-1, into space on a Long March-2D carrier rocket from the Taiyuan satellite launch center in the northern province of Shanxi on Wednesday.

The new satellite, developed by the Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd., has a super-wide coverage and a resolution at the sub-meter level. It is also capable of high-speed data storage and transmission.

Jilin-1 satellite has the capability to capture high definition video imaging, optical and hyperspectral imagery for various mapping applications including environmental monitoring, forest management, energy, mining, land planning and more.

Once in orbit, the satellite will be networked with 15 previously launched Jilin-1 satellites to provide government and industry users with richer remote sensing data and product services.

Using the same carrier rocket, three small satellites, including NewSat7 and NewSat8, developed by an Argentinian company were also sent into space.

Wednesday's launch was the 325th mission of the Long March series carrier rockets. 

(With input from Xinhua)