China receives data from earth observation satellite – Xinhua
A Long March-4C rocket carrying the L-SAR 01B satellite takes off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Feb. (Photo by Wang Jiangbo/Xinhua)
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) — China has received the first batch of data from its newly launched Earth observation satellite, scientists in charge of the spacecraft said Tuesday.
The L-SAR 01B satellite was sent into orbit atop a Long March-4C rocket on February 27.
China’s L-SAR 01 is a satellite group consisting of two satellites equipped with L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), namely L-SAR 01A and L-SAR 01B. The first was sent into space on January 26.
The ground station in Beijing’s Miyun district tracked and received downlink data totaling 16.55 gigabytes in size from L-SAR 01B, the Aerospace Information Research Institute of China said. the Chinese Academy of Sciences which is responsible for the design and data of the radar. satellite group reception.
“SAR” refers to a microwave imaging radar system that sends electromagnetic waves to Earth and receives echoes. It can take high definition microwave images of the earth’s surface.
Both satellites will be responsible for providing data to support earth resources, mapping, forestry, disaster prevention and relief uses. ■