China launches fifth Gaofen-9 series Earth observation satellite

Gaofen-9 is a multi-functional test satellite and is developed by the People’s Liberation Army. New technologies related to communications, navigation, and remote sensing will be tested and verified by the satellite.

China launches fifth Gaofen-9 series Earth observation satellite
China launches fifth Gaofen-9 series Earth observation satellite

China launches fifth Gaofen-9 series Earth observation satellite

China recently launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch center. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed the launch mission success and the payloads within the hour. Gaofen-9 is a multi-functional test satellite and is developed by the People’s Liberation Army. New technologies related to communications, navigation, and remote sensing will be tested and verified by the satellite.

According to Chinese media, Land surveying, urban planning, road network design, agriculture and disaster relief are noted as the major uses of Gaofen satellites. Gaofen satellites are nominally part of the civilian China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS). According to a report by SpaceNews, this launch was the 23rd for China in 2020, including launches of the Long March 5B, which paves the way for launch of Chinese space station modules in 2021.

It also includes the Long March 5, which last month launched the country’s first independent interplanetary mission. Three launches of The Long March 7A, Kuaizhou-11 and the Indonesian Palpa-1 communications satellite are the three failures included in these 23 launches. The Chang’e-5 lunar sample return is the major upcoming Chinese mission in 2020. It is expected to launch on a Long March 5 around late November.