China no longer reliant on satellite image imports
BEIJING, Jan 09, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's first high-resolution,
stereo mapping satellite Ziyuan III meets international standards,
ridding the country of its reliance on imports of satellite
It was announced at a seminar reviewing the research and
development of Ziyuan III held on Wednesday, one year after the
satellite was launched.
China used to import over 90 percent of its remote-sensing
data, according to the seminar.
The launch of Ziyuan III has enhanced the country's capability
to capture space remote-sensing images, bolstered state security
and boosted the geo-information industry.
Also according to the seminar, China plans to build a
remote-sensing mapping satellite system in 10 to 15 years. Three
follow-up mapping satellites are already in the pipeline.
The Ziyuan III 02 satellite is likely to be launched in early
2014, allowing the two orbiters to form a network, so that
real-time data on any given point on earth can be retrieved
throughout the day.
The satellite, a high-resolution remote-sensing satellite for
civilian use, was launched on Jan. 9, 2012. It is expected to
compete with its foreign counterparts that currently dominate the
country's hi-res remote-sensing and mapping market.
The satellite is tasked with offering services to aid the
country's land-resources surveys, natural-disaster prevention,
agricultural development, water-resources management and urban
It has a designed life expectancy of five years.
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