In its last space mission of 2015 China has launched its most sophisticated Earth observation satellite to date, Gaofen-4. It is to become the country's first high-definition satellite in geosynchronous orbit.
The site was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, just minutes after midnight local time [1604 GMT Monday]. The spacecraft was boosted off the planet by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, Xinhua news agency reported.
Gaofen 4 is the fifth mission in China’s Gaofen (“High Definition”) series launched under the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS) program.
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