China Launches Remote Sensing Satellite

China launched the Gaofen 9-04 remote sensing satellite on Thursday in the 50th flight of the Long March 2D booster.

The launch of the optical observation satellite was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert.

A secondary satellite, Q-SAT, was also launched. The spacecraft, which was developed by Tsinghua University in Beijing, will gather atmospheric density and gravity data.

Long March 2D first launched in August 1992. The booster has a record of 49 successes and one partial failure.