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Oct. 27, 2015
China successfully launched one of the nation’s Long March 2D rockets on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, lifting the Tianhui-1C mapping satellite into orbit at 3:10 a.m. EDT (7:10 GMT).
Long March 2D successfully launches Tianhui-1C. Image Credit: Xinhua
Liftoff took place from the Launch Area 4 (LA-4) at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu.
China Launches New Mapping Satellite. Video Credit: CCTV+
The Tianhui-1 satellites are built by the Hangtian Dongfanghong Weixing Corporation and the Chinese Academy of Space Technology. They use two three-segment deployable solar arrays for power generation and have precise attitude control and pointing capability. The satellite payload is comprised of a three-dimensional imaging system for the acquisition of stereo imagery and a multi-band camera.
Tianhui-1 satellite. Image Credit: CAST
The stereo imager has a field of view of 25 degrees and achieves a ground resolution of five meters. It is sensitive across a wavelength range of 510 to 690 nanometers. The multi-band camera reaches a resolution of ten meters and covers four spectral channels in the blue, green, red and near infrared bands. Both imaging systems are covering a ground swath of 60 Kilometers.
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