After successfully launching the Nigcomsat 1R just a few short days ago, China has performed another successful Rocket Launch earlier this week. With that, China has more Orbital Space Launches in 2011 than the United States of America.
A Long March 4B Rocket launched at 3:26 GMT on Thursday (10:26pm EST Wednesday) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Shanxi Province. Aboard the Rocket was a Department of Defense Payload. The Ziyuan Remote Sensing Satellite was released into its targeted orbit 13 minutes after liftoff and following a normal ascent provided by the 4B booster. Ziyuan is now in a 770 Kilometer Orbit (478 Miles) with an inclination of 98.5 degrees according to official Chinese sources. This high-resolution remote sensing satellite was developed by the Chinese Government. At liftoff, it had a mass of 2,100 Kilograms.
The Spacecraft carries several camera assemblies that will provide imagery for land resource surveys, disaster management services, agriculture planning, water conservation, environmental monitoring, city planning and a number of other applications by the Ministry of Defense. Its images will have a resolution of 2.36 meters. The satellite also includes a panchromatic multi-spectral camera.
_This launch takes China’s record to 19 launches in 2011 beating its record of 15 Missions in one year. The Nation looks to improve this record in 2012 with more satellite launches and manned missions to Tiangong-1 – the first Chinese Space Station Module in Orbit.