China to launch mapping satellite

August 8th, 2011 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 8 (IANS) China will launch its first mapping satellite later this year, Xinhua reported Monday.

ZY 3 will be launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi province on a Long March 4B carrier rocket, Song Chaozhi, deputy director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, said in a statement.

Once successfully launched, the satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit at about 506 km altitude and will be capable of producing seamless imagery of the earth’s surface from 84 degrees south latitude to 84 degrees north latitude.

The satellite will provide images with the highest definition and accuracy in China.

The satellite will help the mapping efforts in the country’s western regions where geographic information is difficult to collect due to lack of technology, Song said.

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