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China to build high-resolution earth observing system

(Guangming Daily)

16:17, March 16, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Starting from 2013, China will develop and launch a series of new-model earth observing satellites and put them into use. It plans to complete the construction of a high-resolution earth observing system by around 2020.

The project of constructing a high-resolution earth observing system, approved and started in May of 2010, is one of the 16 major special projects set by the “Outline of National Program for Medium and Long-term Scientific and Technological Development (2006-2020).”

In this project, a high-resolution earth observing system based on satellites, airships of stratosphere and aircrafts will be designed and constructed as a whole, making China have the ability of observing the entire surface of the earth in all weathers and around-the-clock. Currently, the research and experiment tasks of various systems are being carried out smoothly.

According to sources, after the system is complete, it will be able to provide information services and decision supports for many areas of China, including the modern agriculture, disaster prevention and relief, resources, environment and public security. It will also meet many requirements from China's economic construction and social development.

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