China’s Long March 2D/2 rocket launches new mapping satellite

by | Oct 27, 2015 | China, Launches, Military space, Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

At 0710 GMT on 26 October 2015, a Long March 2D/2 (CZ-2D/2) launch vehicle  lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China on its way to successfully placing the Tianhui 1-03 spacecraft into a Sun-synchronous low Earth orbit.  The circa 1,000kg spacecraft which is believed to be part military in nature, was reportedly built by the Hangtian Dongfanghong Weixing Corporation for Earth mapping. The 1000kg spacecraft, which uses a version of the CAST 2000 Phoenix Eye bus design, carries a Panchromatic 3D Mapping camera capable of 5m resolution and camera angle of 25 degrees also a Multispectral camera capable of 10m resolution.


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