China Launches Gaofen-13 Satellite

China launches Gaofen-13 Satellite into orbit. The Chinese Earth satellite Gaofen-13 is successful after its launch

According to the Corporation’s page in the WeChat social network, the launch took place on 00:57 local time via a CZ-3B carrier missile from the Xichang Launch Center.

This development has become CZ-3B’s 349th launch.

It is the first launch from the busiest of China’s four launch sites since July 9.

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Meanwhile, the site underwent renovations and upgrades involving launch towers, refueling, power supply and communications to boost reliability, safety and cadence. 

The renovations are aimed at improving annual launch capacity from around 17 to about 30 launches. 

Xichang is expected to see a further five to six missions in the fourth quarter. 

Similarly, launch which took place on Sunday involved the first use of an upgraded payload fairing for the Long March 3B.

About Gaofen-13 (high Resolution 13) Satellite

The Gaofen-13, otherwise known as ‘high resolution 13’ satellite is part of the civilian China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS).

Land surveying, urban planning, road network design, agriculture and disaster relief are noted as the major uses of Gaofen satellites, according to Chinese media.

The constellation includes a range of optical and synthetic aperture radar satellites in low Earth orbit.

Gaofen-4 was previously the only satellite in geostationary orbit. 

Little findings has been made about the Gaofen-13 satellite. Unlike other and many earlier earlier satellites in the series—few details of the Gaofen-11 satellites is released.

Renders of the satellites on mission control screens suggest these are large (1.5-meter-diameter-plus) aperture optical remote sensing satellites. 

CHEOS was initiated in 2010 to provide all-weather, all-day coverage with optical and synthetic aperture radar satellites.

CHEOS may also include airborne and near-space systems such as stratospheric balloons.

Yaogan satellite series are understood to be military reconnaissance counterparts which uses similar technology and platforms.

Sunday’s launch was China’s 30th in 2020 including major launches of interplanetary spacecraft and space station-related launch vehicles.

China launches Gaofen-13 Satellite

Loss of Kuaizhou-1A rocket and satellite

Four of the 30 ended in failure. Inaugural launches of the Long March 7A and the Expace Kuaizhou-11 failed, while an issue with the workhorse Long March 3B led to the loss of the Indonesian Palapa-N1 communications satellite.

Recall on September 12, a Kuaizhou-1A rocket and a commercial remote sensing satellite went missing.

CASC stated early January that it intended to carry out around 40 launches in 2020.

A Long March 6 is expected to launch nine satellites for Satellogic, a company headquartered in Buenos Aires, October 14. 

Preparations for launch of the Chang’e-5 lunar sample return are underway at the coastal Wenchang launch center.

A heavy-lift Long March 5 will launch the roughly eight-metric-ton spacecraft in late November.

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