Beijing. China on Friday launched an earth science satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. The Guangmu satellite was launched by a Long March 6 carrier rocket at 10:19 a.m. (Beijing time) and entered the target orbit.
According to the launch center, this was the 395th flight mission of the Long March rocket series. Developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the satellite (SDGSAT-1) is the world’s first space science satellite dedicated to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The satellite, with three optical payloads, could provide data for space observation to monitor, evaluate and study the interaction between humans and nature and sustainable development, the academy said.