The first satellite under the “High-resolution earth observation system” project (one of the major projects of China national science and technology) had been successfully launched today at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite is known as the “High Resolution No.1”. Together with the “High Resolution No.1”, two Dutch satellite splitters and three small satellites developed by Ecuador , Argentina and Turkey respectively were also successfully sent to the set orbit.
The “High Resolution No.1” satellite was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The satellite was developed using a number of breakthrough technologies such as the high spatial resolution, multi-spectral and wide coverage combined optical remote sensing technology, with a design life of 5-8 years. Satellite main users include the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
High-resolution earth observation system is one of the 16 key projects under the “Long-term Scientific and Technological Development Plan (2006-2020). The system consists of the space-based observing systems, close to space-based observation systems, aviation observing system, ground systems, application system, and other plans, It is expected that during the “Twelve Five” period, 5-6 observation satellites will be launched with the goal to build a high spatial resolution, high temporal resolution, high spectral resolution earth observation system.