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China launches two satellites for Saudi Arabia

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Asia    Developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

China launched two satellites for Saudi Arabia on a Long March-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:12 p.m. Friday.

Each weighing 425 kg, the two low orbit remote sensing satellites developed by Saudi Arabia have a design life of five years.

The satellites will be used to provide high-resolution images of the planet’s surface from low earth orbits, help with urban planning, monitor movements and changes on the earth’s surface, and provide government agencies with services, in particular, high-resolution images.

The rocket also carries 10 small satellites.

The satellites have all entered the orbit.

This was the 293rd mission of the Long March rocket series.

KACST has so far launched 13 satellites, has collaborated with China in the Chang’e 4 mission to explore the far side of the moon; provided advanced services for remote-sensing systems; and has participated in the launch of an advanced system for maritime monitoring and tracking with satellite data, which includes daily coverage of 30,000 vessels across the world.

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