China launched a new Earth-observation satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Tuesday.
The second group of the Yaogan-32 satellite family was launched by a Long March-2C rocket with an attached upper stage at 3:43 p.m. (Beijing Time) and entered the planned orbit.
Zhongxing-9B, equipped with specially designed transponders, can support the transmission of 4K and 8K high-definition video programs and provide high-quality live broadcast transmission services for major events such as the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The satellite has three payloads of thermal infrared, low light level and multispectral imager, with 300 km wide data acquisition capability. It can achieve global coverage within 11 days.
A Long March-4C rocket carrying the satellite Gaofen-5 02 blasts off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province, Sept. 7, 2021. China sent the new Earth observation satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 11:01 a.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time).