China to prioritize development of applied sats

13 Oct 2006

(Business Daily Update via NewsEdge) China will give priority to the development of applied satellites, as it starts building a comprehensive space industry covering satellite manufacturing, launching services, ground equipment production and operational services in the coming five years.

A white paper, titled "China's Space Activities in 2006," said China would start and implement a high-resolution Earth observation system, as well as develop and launch new-type sun synchronous orbit and geostationary-orbit meteorological satellites in the next half decade.

China will also develop and launch oceanic satellites, Earth resources satellites, and small satellites for environmental protection and disaster mitigation monitoring and forecasting.

China will start research into key technologies of new-type remote-sensing satellites, including stereo mapping satellites. It also aims to "form an all-weather, 24-hour, multi-spectral, differential-resolution Earth observation system for stable operation, and achieve stereoscopy and dynamic monitoring of the land, atmosphere and sea."

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