China recently launched two satellites named as SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 using Long March 2D rocket at 03:23 UTC (11:23 am) on December 28 from the LC9 launch complex, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, located in Shanxi Province. The launch was successful, however, recent reports suggest that two main payloads did not reach the correct orbits and are moving on a different that predicted by the scientists before launch.
Both satellites are capable of providing commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution. The launch of this duo of satellites is followed by the release of a white paper Tuesday which states the space missions and plans of China for the next 4 years. The today’s launched satellites are believed to face tough competition from America’s Global Positioning system.
The group of satellites comprises four satellites circling in the same orbital plane, at an altitude of 500 km. The satellites are intended to deliver the imagery with 2 m multispectral resolution with a swath thickness of 12 km and 0.5 m panchromatic resolution. The satellites are enriched with multiple collection modes like multiple strips collection, stereo imaging long strip, multiple point, and targets. But the SuperView-1 constellation has the operational power in multiple modes, including multiple strips collect, stereo imaging, rolling imaging, imaging at nadir, long strip, multiple point targets collect and. However, the highest single shot can go up to 60 km × 70 km.
Both spacecraft are the assemblage for civilian remote sensing satellites which will be managed and operated by the Siwei Star Co. Ltd., Beijing. The mission of both satellites is to click commercial images of the space and transmitting them back to the earth. To recall, Siwei Star Co. Ltd. is the complete owner and operator of this constellation. It is owned by China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co. Ltd., which is the subsidiary of China Aerospace and Technology Corporation (CASC). The legal global distributor of the satellite data is the Beijing Space View Technology Co., Ltd.