China Successfully Launches Three Commercial Remote Sensing Satellites The current page: Home -> News

At 12:50 (Beijing Time) on November 21, 2017, China successfully launched Jilin-1 04, Jilin-1 05 and Jilin-1 06 Remote Sensing Satellites into the predetermined orbit by Long March-6 launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC). This is the second mission of LM-6 launch vehicle as well as the 255th flight of the Long March Family, which is also the first time for China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) to conduct a commercial dedicated launch for the domestic customer.

LM-6 launch vehicle used for this mission is developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) subordinated to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). As part of China's next generation of non-toxic and pollution-free launch vehicle, LM-6 is a three-stage liquid-propellant launch vehicle featuring by its fast launch capability. It is designed to meet the demands for small-load missions and can be applied to dedicated launch, cluster launch, constellation networking and complement missions.

The three high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites are developed and operated by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co.,Ltd based in Jilin Province, China, being part of the Jilin-1 satellite constellation which will be used for wide imaging, video imaging and multispectral imaging to serve administrations and commercial customers. There will be 8 operational satellites in orbit by adding the three ones, which enhances the system service capability.

In September, 2016, CGWIC signed the Jilin-1 Satellite Launch Services Contract with Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co.,Ltd, for the first time to provide launch services of commercial dedicated launch for its domestic customer.

Established in 1980, CGWIC, also a subsidiary of CASC, is the sole commercial organization authorized by the Chinese government to provide commercial launch services, satellite systems and to carry out space technology cooperation. As the professional company promoting international cooperation, CGWIC is devoted to the internationalized development of China's space industry. Since China's Long March launch services entered international market in 1990, CGWIC has completed 44 launch missions and 13 piggyback services for international customers, launching up to 50 international satellites and 16 piggyback payloads. Through extensive international commercial cooperation, CGWIC enjoys an excellent reputation in the international space industry.

With more than thirty years of development, CGWIC boasts a professional and experienced team of technical experts and commercial talents. With support and close ties of the subcontractors, CGWIC provides rapid, stable and reliable one-stop commercial launch services to all international and domestic customers by the efficient and competent launch services system through various business modes including Constellation Network Launch, Dedicated Launch, Piggy-back Launch and Cluster Launch.