China launches two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan
The satellites, PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A, were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11:56 am.
The PRSS-1 is the first Chinese optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan.
Here are more details.
PRSS-1, 17th satellite developed by China Academy of Space Technology
The PRSS-1 is 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer.
A scientific experiment satellite, PakTES-1A, developed by Pakistan, was sent into orbit via the same rocket.
This is another space cooperation between China and Pakistan since the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
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PRSS-1 will be used for land, resources surveying, agricultural research
PRSS-1 will be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction, and providing remote sensing information for Belt and Road region.
Today's launch is the 279th mission of Long March rocket series.
It's also the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket in nearly two decades after it carried Motorola's Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999.