China launched a land exploration satellite [268th ‘Long March’ mission] into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert of the country’s northwest at 3:10 p.m. Saturday. The satellite is the fourth of its kind and mainly used for exploration of land resources by remote sensing…Full Article: Xinhua Mar 2018

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  • In January 2018, China launched a land resources exploration satellite (263rd mission) from its Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
  • In December 2017, China launched at least two land exploration satellites (258th and 259th mission, Long March rocket series) from its Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gobi desert, Inner Mongolia Region.
  • In October 2016, China announced plans to launch its first e-commerce satellite sometime in 2017.
  • In September 2016, Alibaba’s Juhuasuan announced plans to launch an e-commerce satellite to sell vegetables and other commodities.
  • Launched in 2000, China’s Bei Dou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is a global navigation satellite system and was the third such system to be launched after the USA’s GPS and Russia’s GLONASS systems.

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