China To Launch New High-Resolution Satellite In 2011

Posted: August 4, 2010 in China, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Earth Observing Satellite, Next Generation, ZY-3
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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

One thing about China: they set their dates and seem to be able to stick to them. Or even beat them.

The satellite, to launch in late 2011, is identified as ZY-3, a high-resolution, stereoscopic mapping satellite.

The described missions are “exclusively for civilian purpose.”  If true, the ZY-3 could be used to support disaster prevention and mitigation (something every earthquake-prone sovereign needs), water conservation (conserving clean water is something China needs), agriculture, and forestry.

Still, would anyone be really surprised if there were defense needs that could be satisfied with something like the ZY-3?

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  1. […] program is under the authority of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation(CASC, see related article), the big dog of the Chinese space […]

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