China to launch remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-03 19:31:26|Editor: Yurou
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File pic: China launches remote sensing satellites on a Long March-2C carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 26, 2017. As the third batch of the Yaogan-30 project, the satellites will conduct electromagnetic environmental probes and other experiments. (Xinhua/Liang Keyan)

BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) -- China is to launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June this year, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT) website.

It will be the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket for around 18 years after it carried Motorola's Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999.

The rocket will also carry the China-France Oceanography Satellite into space in September this year, CALVT said.

The satellite will monitor ocean wind and waves.

Long March-2C rockets are mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits.

KEY WORDS: remote sensing satellites