China has launched a new Earth observation satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
Gaofen-3 03 was launched by a Long March-4C rocket at 7:47 a.m. (Beijing Time) and successfully entered the planned orbit.
The satellite will link up with the Gaofen-3 and Gaofen-3 02 satellites in orbit to form a land-sea radar satellite constellation and capture reliable, stable synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images.
These images will have a 1-meter resolution and a one-day revisit period, enhancing China’s land-sea radar satellite monitoring capabilities.
It will help to protect maritime rights and interests by serving in the fields of marine disaster prevention and mitigation, dynamic marine environment monitoring, marine research, environmental protection, water conservation, agriculture, and meteorology.