China successfully launches new marine satellite to enhance research

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/7 19:18:40

Photo: Zheng Taotao

China successfully launched a new marine satellite Friday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China's Shanxi Province which will help monitor and offer data services on climate change and research on marine resources.

Carried by a Long March-2C rocket, the HY-1C satellite is China's third marine satellite. It will help monitor global ocean color and temperatures, and provide data for environment research on China's offshore waters, islands, and sustainable use of marine resources, according to a press release the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense sent to the Global Times Friday.

The HY-1C is expected to improve China's remote ocean sensing capability, along with the HY-1D, which is scheduled to be launched in 2019. The two will form China's first maritime satellite network for civilian use.

The satellite carried a scanner for ocean water and temperature, an automatic vessel identification system and an imager of coastal zones.

The automatic vessel identification system could offer marine disaster prevention and fishery services, and the imager could obtain real-time data of offshore waters and islands, according to the press release.

China launched its first marine satellite, HY-1A, in May 2002, laying the foundation for an ocean monitoring system. Then the HY-1B satellite was launched in April 2007, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

"Compared to the HY-1A and HY-1B, the HY-1C is more precise and features a wider scope of observation as well as longer service life," the press release said.

With a lifespan of five years, it was developed by the China Spacesat Co., Ltd. under the China Academy of Space Technology. Friday's launch was the 284th by the Long March rocket series.

Global Times

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