China has successfully launched a new-generation ocean color monitoring satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite, which has entered its planned orbit, aims to enhance the understanding of marine waters.
This revolutionary satellite is the world’s first high-precision ocean color observation satellite designed to analyze various water bodies worldwide. It utilizes multiple detection methods to effectively monitor water color, water temperature, sea ice, suspended matter, and water ecology in the ocean, offshore areas, islands, and ports on a large-scale, continuous, and dynamic basis.
Meng Lingjie, the deputy chief engineer of the Earth Observation and Data Center under the China National Space Administration, stated that the satellite will provide remote sensing services for China’s main sea routes. Additionally, it will contribute to the utilization of fishery resources and play a crucial role in marine pollution monitoring.
Powered by a Long March-2C carrier rocket, the satellite was launched at 11:55 a.m. (Beijing Time). The successful deployment marks the 497th flight mission for the Long March carrier rocket series.
This innovative satellite is a significant step towards advancing our knowledge of marine environments. Its capabilities will aid in improving the understanding, management, and conservation of marine waters on a global scale.