by Staff Writers
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Nov 25, 2014
The satellite was launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. local time Friday (06:37 GMT) from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the news agency reported.
Kuaizhou II, also known as Speedy Vehicle II, will monitor natural disasters and provide disaster relief information. Kuaizhou I was launched last year in September with the same mission.
Earlier on Thursday, China launched the Yaogan Weixing-24 remote-sensing satellite at 3:12 p.m. local time. Yaogan Weixing-24 will carry out disaster relief monitoring, scientific experiments and assess and estimate crop yields, the news agency said in an earlier report.
The number of military-controlled space activities in China has grown recently. Last week, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced that the country plans to launch about 120 applied satellites.
In early November, China's maiden lunar orbiter successfully flew around the far side of the moon and safely landed back on Earth.
The country aims to operate its own permanent space station by 2020, according to the China National Space Administration.
Source: Sputnik International
China National Space Administration
Center for Space Science and Applied Research
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from SinoDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|