BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's newly launched
environment monitoring satellites have started operation and are sending back
concrete data, Chinese authorities have announced.
The two satellites successfully sent back data
obtained by the charge coupled devices (CCD) cameras at 5 p.m. on Monday and the
images converted from the data were clear, the State Administration of Science,
Technology and Industry for National Defense said in a brief release.
A rocket carrying two
environment-monitoring satellites is fired from the Taiyuan Satellite
Launch Center in Shanxi Province, north China, Sept. 6, 2008. The two
satellites will be used to monitor the environment and help reduce natural
disasters. (Xinhua/Wang Yongji)
The two small environment and disaster monitoring
satellites were launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi
Province on Saturday.
Equipped with state-of-the-art imaging systems and
infrared cameras, the satellites can provide a global scan every two days,
closely track natural disasters and provide quick assessments of damage to guide
rescue and reconstruction work.
The two satellites, with an estimated lifespan of
more than three years, are part of China's effort to create a satellite
constellation with four optical satellites and four radar satellites.
The constellation would enable China to have a stable and efficient forecasting and service network for environmental and natural disaster monitoring.