China launches remote-sensing satellite

Updated: 2013-11-20 15:09


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China launches remote-sensing satellite

A remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIX blasts off at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province.[Photo/Xinhua]  

TAIYUAN -- China on Wednesday sent a remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit, according to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

The Yaogan XIX satellite was launched at 11:31 am on the back of a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the launch center in North China's Shanxi province, according to a press release from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters, the center said.

The launch marked the 184th mission for the nation's Long March rocket family.