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China launches two satellites.

Launch of Long March 2D rocket from Gobi desert. Image Credit: CASC

On August 6, China launched two satellites, an Earth Observation satellite and a small companion satellite from Tsinghua University. It is China’s 22nd mission since the beginning of 2020. Three of which were a failure.

The rocket Long March 2D rocket lifted off from Gobi desert. The main payload of the rocket is an observation satellite which has the capability of taking high resolution pictures, and can see features as small as 1 metre. The satellite will be used to help in city planning, for land-rights confirmation, road-network design, crop yield estimation and for disaster mitigation and prevention.

This will be the fourth Gaofen 9 satellite to be launched this year. The satellites will form part of the China High resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS). The Tsingua gravity and atmosphere scientific satellite (Q-SAT) is its companion satellite.

In 2018, China led the world in the number of rocket launches in 2018 and 2019. There were 39 and 34 launches respectively. China is aiming to achieve 40 launches by the end of this year.

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