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China launches new remote sensing satellite

China launched a new remote sensing satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China last week.

The satellite,"Yaogan II", launched by a "Long March 2D" carrier rocket, is to be used for scientific research, land resources surveying, crop yield estimates and disaster forecasting.

The main developer of the satellite is China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and the launch was the 99th of China's Long March series of rockets.

A tiny satellite weighing around one kilogram which was developed by Zhejiang University, was also carried on the Long March 2D and will be used for research into micro-electronics.

 The "Yaogan I" satellite was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China's Shanxi Province last year.

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