LM-2D Successfully Launches VRSS-2 Satellite The current page: Home -> News

On October 9th at 12:13 Beijing time, LM-2D successfully launched the 2nd Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite (VSRR-2) into the designated orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

This is the 3rd satellite which china delivered for Venezuela, following the delivery of Venezuela's 1st Communications Satellite (Venesat-1) in 2008 and the 1st Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite (VSRR-1) in 2012.

The VSRR-2 is the 2nd remote sensing satellite of Venezuela. It will be used to carry out surveys on land resources, environmental protection, help with natural disaster-reduction, estimate crops yield, urban planning. It will play a positive role in development of national economy in Venezuela and improve of people's living.

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Group (CASC), as the prime contractor of VSRR-2 project, have worked with its subcontractors to complete the works of design, development, testing and in-orbit delivery of the VSRR-2, and to upgrades its ground monitoring, reception, data processing and distribution systems.

VSRR-2 is an optical remote sensing satellite based on the CAST2000 satellite platform, which is jointly developed by the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities of Venezuela and the China Spacesat Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CAST and CASC. Both parties jointly undertook the design, assembly and testing of the VSRR-2, which initiated a new mode of cooperation between the two countries.

The LM-2D launch vehicle for this mission was developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), a subsidiary of CASC.

Today’s launch is the 33rd mission of the Long March 2D launch vehicle, which also marked 252nd mission of the Long March series of launch vehicle.