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China launches Gaofen-3 high-resolution radar imaging satellite

A Long March 4C rocket carrying a Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging satellite lifts off from China's Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Credit: Xinhua/Zhang Hongwei

China launched an Earth observation satellite Tuesday. A Long March 4C rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 6:55 p.m. Eastern time and placed the Gaofen-3 satellite into orbit.

The satellite carries a synthetic aperture radar payload that can produce images with a resolution of one meter.

The satellite will be used for civil applications, including environmental monitoring and disaster warning, according to state media. [Xinhua]

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