rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in
northern China at 11:22 a.m. local time, carrying the Gaofen-7
high resolution satellite into its designated orbit, the
state-run China Central Television (CCTV) said, citing China
National Space Administration.
Gaofen-7, a sub-metre resolution optical satellite, boasts the
highest mapping accuracy among its domestic peers, and is able
to map China and even the world's lands stereoscopically with a
margin of error of less than a metre, according to CCTV.
The satellite, which will be used for land surveys, urban
planning and statistical investigation, will help end China's
reliance on foreign imports in high-resolution stereo mapping,
the CCTV added.
The purpose of China's satellite remote sensing project - the
Gaofen series - is to help build an all-weather, 24-hour, global
Earth remote sensing system by 2020 capable of monitoring the
ground, atmosphere, and oceans, according to CNSA.
The Gaofen project, one of the 16 major projects that are key to
the nation's scientific development, is also aimed at
comprehensively boosting China's self-reliance in accessing
high-resolution earth observation data.
(Reporting by Roxannie Liu, Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo; Editing by
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