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China launches Gaofen-6 high-resolution agricultural satellite

China on Saturday launched Gaofen-6 as a new Earth Observation satellite for agricultural resource research and disaster monitoring. The satellite was orbited by Long March-2D rockets at 12:13 pm at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China that simultaneously launched the Luojia-1 scientific experiment satellite.

The 276th mission of the Long March rocket series carries a load of 1,064 kg of Gaofen-6 and age designed for 8 years, The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for the National Defense said the satellite has a function similar to Gaofen-1 but has better cameras and high resolution images to cover a large area of the earth.

Tinuku China launches Gaofen-6 high-resolution agricultural satellite

The satellite developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation can observe chlorophyll and plant nutrient content to help predict crops such as corn, rice, soybeans, cotton and nuts. Data will also be applied in monitoring agricultural disasters such as drought and floods, evaluation of agricultural projects, forest resource and wetland surveys.

Gaofen-1 will form a constellation with another satellite in orbit where the project begins in 2010 and Gaofen-1 is launched in April 2013. Gaofen-2 is delivered into space in August 2014, Gaofen-4 by the end of 2015, Gaofen-3 in August 2016 , and Gaofen-5 in May 2018. The project has helped reduce China's dependence on remote sensing satellite data from foreigners.

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