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China Successfully Launches Remote Sensing Satellite
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2012-11-27

JIUQUAN, Gansu, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center confirmed that China successfully launched the Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite into space at 12:06 a.m. Sunday.

The satellite, launched from the center in northwest China's Gansu Province, was boosted by a Long March-4C carrier rocket and sent into a predetermined orbit.

The Yaogan XVI remote-sensing satellite was developed by an affiliate research institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

It has been designed for a variety of uses, including technological experimentation, land resource surveying, agricultural yield estimation and disaster prevention and reduction.

The launch marked the 172th of the Long March series carrier rockets.