By Henry Williams.
The Chinese Space Agency has launched what they call an “environment-monitoring satellite” according to Xinhua. State media claims the satellite will help stop natural disasters.
The Huanjing 1C satellite, atop a Chang Zheng 2 rocket, was launched from Taiyuan at 6.53am local time on Monday. State media declared the launch a success.
The Huanjing-1C satellite and the other two satellites Huanjing-1A and Huanjing-1B, which were sent to the outer space in 2008, will be used to monitor the environment and help reduce natural disasters.
Space.com says the fleet satellites combined will provide imagery on floods and typhoons, amongst other natural catastrophes. It is unclear how this will “reduce” natural disasters, as opposed to “reduce the adverse effects” or “provide warning” of natural disasters, but Xinhua can be forgiven a touch of hyperbole.
The Chinese are planning to share their data with the wider global community as part of a collaborative disaster response.