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China to launch night light observing satellite

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

is set to launch its first remote-sensing satellite capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground at night.

The Luojia-1A, a 10-kilogramme mini satellite, is being developed by scientists at Wuhan University in Hubei province and will carry a highly sensitive night light camera with a 100-meter ground image resolution, Li Deren, chief scientist of the project was quoted as saying by state-run Service.

The satellite, to be launched this year, will be capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground within its designated observation area, such as bridges over the Yangtze River, Li, a professor of remote-sensing surveys at the university and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said.

He added that images taken by Luojia-1A will be clearer than those by US-developed satellites.

Luojia-1A will be used to help economic planners and analysts with their research and to provide data to policymakers when they determine overseas trade measures, Li said.

Wuhan University is also working with Aerospace Science and Industry Corp to design the Luojia-1B, a remote-sensing radar satellite, and plans to send it into orbit in 2019, the report said.

China plans to conduct a recordnumberof30 space launch missions thisyearas part of its efforts to expand its ambitious space programme.

The record-breakingnumberspace launcheswill be launched byLong March-5 and Long March-7 rockets,China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said earlier.

Last AugustChina successfully launched the world's first quantumsatellitewhichboosts of hack proof ultra high security features to prevent wiretapping and intercepts.

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First Published: Sat, February 11 2017. 09:28 IST