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China launches Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites

Updated: Apr 10,2018 1:52 PM     Xinhua

A Long March 4C carrier rocket blasts off at 12:25 pm at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert of Northwest China, April 10, 2018. [Photo/China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp]

JIUQUAN — The first group of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites were sent into space at 12:25 pm Beijing time on April 10 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwestern China.

The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket, the 271st mission for the Long March rocket family.

The mission also sent a micro nano technology experiment satellite into orbit.

The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests.

China launched the first “Yaogan” series satellite, Yaogan-1, in 2006.