China launched three remote sensing satellites Tuesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi Province.
The three satellites – Jilin-1 04, Jilin-1 05 and Jilin-1 06 – carried cameras designed to improve observation capability for the remote sensing industry.
It was the third launch of the Jilin-1 satellite family, a remote sensing system of more than 60 satellites developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Company Ltd based in Changchun, Northeast China’s Jilin Province.
The system will be used for wide imaging, video imaging and multispectral imaging. Remote sensing data will serve agencies and commercial customers.
Tuesday’s satellites were carried by a Long March-6 rocket, a new generation of China’s liquid-fueled carrier rocket developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The launch is the second mission of the Long March-6 and the 255th flight carried out with the Long-March series of carrier rockets.
Jilin-1, the country’s first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use, was sent into space in October 2015 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China’s Gansu Province.
Jilin, one of the country’s oldest industrial bases, is developing its satellite industry as a new economic engine. The province plans to launch 60 satellites by 2020 and 137 by 2030.