Changchun– The designers of the Northeast China’s Jilin satellite, said on Friday in Changchun that plans are underway to send Jilin-1, the country’s first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use, into space in October.
Xuan Ming, Board Chairman of Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd under the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, disclosed this.
Ming said Jilin-1, consists of four satellites, one for high-definition images, one for testing new space technology and another two for video.
He said the satellites would focus on providing photographs to commercial clients, while helping with harvest assessment, geological disaster prevention and resource surveys.
Xuan said Jilin, one of the country’s oldest industrial bases, was developing its satellite industry as a new economic drive.
He said the province planned to launch 60 satellites by 2020 and 137 by 2030. (Xinhua/NAN)