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Gaofen-5 and Gaofen-6 Satellites Put into Service
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2019-03-29

BEIJING, March 25 (China Space News) -- Two Chinese Earth observation satellites, the Gaofen-5 and Gaofen-6, were officially put into service on Thursday after completing in-orbit tests.

During the tests, the two satellites provided precise data on environmental monitoring, natural resources and natural disasters.

Launched on May 9, 2018, Gaofen-5 is the first China-developed satellite that can monitor air pollution. It can dynamically reflect the state of air pollution in China through the monitoring of air pollutants, greenhouse gases and aerosols.

With a designed life of eight years, Gaofen-6 was launched on June 2, 2018, and can provide high-resolution images covering a large area of the Earth. Its data can be applied in monitoring natural and agricultural disasters, estimating crop yields and surveys of forest and wetland resources.

The Gaofen-5 and Gaofen-6 will form a constellation with other Gaofen satellites in orbit.