On Tuesday, China launched an optical remote sensing satellite named Gaofen-11, part of its high-resolution project for observing Earth which will provide data for Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of belligerent Asian powerhouse.

Xinhua news agency reported that the satellite was launched on Long March 4B rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre at 11 am located in northern Shanxi province. This was 282nd flight mission handled by Long March carrier satellite.

The satellite will be helpful for doing land surveys, urban planning, monitoring the changes in climate, designing road networks, agriculture as well as in disaster prevention and relief activities. The information obtained will also be used for BRI. The Belt and Road Initiative is a strategy planned by the Chinese government in 2013 for the development whose goals are establishing connectivity and cooperation between Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, African and European countries like People’s Republic of China (PRC), land based Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and ocean based Maritime Silk road (MSR).

The Gaofen project was launched by China in 2010. Gaofen-1, a high resolution Chinese Earth Observation Satellite was launched on 26th April, 2013 at 4:13 UTC from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre with a Long March 2D carrier rocket accompanied by 3 small satellites namely Turksat 3USat (Turkey), CubeBug-1 (Argentina) and NEE-01 Pegaso (Ecuador) in a heliosynchronous orbit or sun-synchronous orbit which is a polar orbit near the planet where satellite passes across any point of the planet’s surface at identical local mean solar time.

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