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China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela

Updated: Oct 9,2017 1:51 PM     Xinhua

JIUQUAN — China launched Venezuela’s remote sensing satellite, VRSS-2, into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi desert at 12:13 on Oct 9.

The VRSS-2 was the third satellite jointly launched by China and Venezuela, and also the later’s second remote sensing satellite. It will be primarily used by Venezuela for land resources inspection, environmental protection, disaster monitoring and management, crop yield estimation and city planning.

The satellite was launched by a Chinese Long March-2D carrier rocket which was designed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology.

This was the 252nd flight mission for the Long March rocket family.

In 2008, China launched Venezuela’s first satellite — the Venesat-1, or “Simon Bolivar” — which carried communications facilities.

In 2012, Venezuela’s first remote sensing satellite, the VRSS-1, was launched into space from China.

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