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China has launched a new mapping satellite. / August 25, 2010 /

China successfully launched into orbit next cartographic satellite Tianhui I (translated from the Chinese as «cartographic satellite 1»). Launch took place from the cosmodrome Jiuquan, about of 100 km from the eponymous town in the northwestern province of Gansu, with the launch vehicle Long March 2-D.

The satellite was developed by one of their companies under the jurisdiction of the Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation of China (CASC). For the most part it will be used for research and experiments, as well as building maps. The Government hopes that all obtained with the help of satellite data will provide the economic welfare of China.

Today’s start was 128 th in a row for the Chinese launch vehicle Long March. With the help of a missile on April 24 1970. was launched into orbit the first Chinese satellite Dongfanghong-1.

Earlier this month, with the help of rocket series «Long March» from the cosmodrome, located in China’s Sichuan province, was launched into space on account of the fifth satellite that is part of China’s satellite navigation system similar to the American GPS. All Chinese are planning to bring the Earth’s orbit 35 such satellites.

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