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China's launches two more satellites into space

China's launches two more satellites into space
Beijing sends satellites into orbit within 24 hours after sending two others on Saturday

By Riyaz ul Khaliq

ANKARA (AA) - China on Sunday launched new satellites into space within a span of 24 hours of sending two others on Saturday.

One of new satellites will help in the construction projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

According to daily Global Times, China launched a high-resolution Earth observation satellite -- the Gaofen-9 02 -- at 4.53 p.m. local time (0843GMT).

This was the third Chinese satellite launched into orbit in two days.

On Saturday, China had launched two new technology experiment satellites.

Sunday's launch also included a narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) satellite called Hede-4, which also entered planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu province.

The satellites were launched using a Long March-2D rocket. It was 333rd flight of the Long March carrier rocket family.

The Gaofen-9 02 is capable of taking images of the Earth's surface with a resolution of less than a meter and will be used in land surveying, urban planning, road network design, agriculture and disaster relief and will support the construction of the projects in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, the report added.

The Belt and Road Initiative is a global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 involving infrastructure development and investments in nearly 70 countries and international organizations with the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor its flagship project.

The latest satellite launches by Beijing came after this month's successful launch and return of the trial version of China's new-generation manned spaceship, along with the landmark launch of US private space travel firm SpaceX's first successful manned launch, which docked at the International Space Station on Sunday.

source: News Feed
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