China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela

China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela

The satellite launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (Stock image)

Monday, October 9, 2017

China has launched a satellite for Venezuela from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert today (October 9).

China used a Long March-2D carrier rocket to launch the remote sensing satellite at 12:13 local time, according to Sputnik.

A remote sensing satellite is technology which detects and classify objects on which are on earth. The VRSS-2 satellite is said to be the third one launched jointly by the two countries.

Reports claim the satellite will be used for monitoring disasters and protecting the environment.

It is also thought that it will be used to inspect land and estimate crop yields as well as planning for cities.

The first communications satellite launched for Venezuela was the Venesat-1 in 2008.

The second was a remote sensing satellite named VRSS-1 sent off by China in 2012.