TAIYUAN, April 22 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday
launched a remote-sensing satellite, "Yaogan VI," from the Taiyuan Satellite
Launch Center in north Shanxi Province.
The satellite was successfully launched into the
space on a Long March 2C carrier rocket at 10:55 a.m., the center reported.
It will be mainly used for land resources survey,
environmental surveillance and protection, urban planning, crop yield estimates,
disaster prevention and reduction, and space science experiments, according to
The satellite's predecessor, "Yaogan V," was launched
last December, also from Taiyuan.
"Yaogan IV" was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite
Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province last December and "Yaogan III" from
Taiyuan in November 2007.
"Yaogan I" and "Yaogan II" satellites were launched
in April 2006 and May 2007, respectively.
The satellite was developed by the Shanghai Academy
of Space flight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology
Corp. The rocket was designed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology,
also under the corporation.
The flight was the 117th of the Long March series of