China launches new high-resolution mapping satellite

China sent a new high-resolution mapping satellite into space on Saturday from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi.

The Ziyuan III 03 satellite was launched by a Long March-4B rocket at 11:13 a.m. Beijing time, according to the center. It was the 341st flight mission by the Long March rocket series.

It will provide data for the country's land resource investigations, natural disaster prevention, agriculture development, water resource management, environmental surveying and urban planning.