China launches sustainable development satellite to study Earth from space

Satellite TV. Photo: Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BEIJING, Nov 6, 2021, China continued its rapid pace of space launches late Thursday by sending a satellite into orbit as part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reported.

A Long March 6 rocket, one of China’s new-generation launch vehicles, lifted off from among the hills surrounding Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China at 10:19 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 4 (0219 GMT, 10:19 a.m. local time, Nov. 5).

The mission’s satellite SDGSAT-1, which China’s CCTV news service called Guangmu, is designed to orbit at an altitude of around 314 miles (505 kilometers) and use thermal infrared, low light level and multispectral cameras to collect data to help evaluate the Sustainable Development Goals indicators. The data will be used to assess the impacts and changes through the interaction between human urban, residential and coastal activities and nature.

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