China launches Yaogan V remote-sensing satellite

December 15th, 2008 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Taiyuan, Dec 15 (Xinhua) China Monday launched remote-sensing satellite Yaogan V from the Taiyuan launch centre in the northern province of Shanxi. The satellite was launched with a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11.22 a.m., the centre said.

It will be used for data collection and transmission involving land resources surveys, environmental surveillance and protection, urban planning, crop yield estimates, disaster prevention and reduction, and space science experiments.

Xu Hongliang, director of the centre, said the flight had been carried out under extreme low temperature, with the lowest reaching minus 29 degrees celsius in the past few days.

The satellite’s predecessor, Yaogan IV, was launched from the Jiuquan launch centre earlier this month. “Yaogan III” was launched from Taiyuan Nov 12, 2007. The Yaogan I and Yaogan II satellites were launched in April 2006 and May 2007, respectively.

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