Long March 11 Launches Five Remote Sensing Satellites

Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science and Technology continued to expand its Zhuhai-1 constellation of commercial remote-sensing micro-satellites on Thursday by placing five more spacecraft into orbit.

A Long March 11 lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Gobi Desert at 2:42 p.m. Beijing Time carrying four hyperspectral satellites with 256 wave-bands and a video satellite with a resolution of 90 centimeters.

Orbita has launched a total of 12 microsats as part of a planned 34-spacecraft constellation that will provide hyperspectral, video, high-resolution optical, radar and infrared data.

Orbita has said the data will be used to monitor crops, vegetation and water resources as well as helping to build smart cities.