China launched a new high-resolution mapping satellite into space this Saturday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi.
The Ziyuan III 03 satellite was launched by a Long March-4B rocket at 11:13 a.m. Beijing time, according to the center. It was the 341st flight mission by the Long March rocket series.
The Long March rocket is a series of expendable launch system rockets operated by the space agency of China.
Also onboard the rocket were two satellites used for dark matter detection and commercial data acquisition respectively. They were developed by the Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd.
All three satellites have entered preset orbits, sources with the Taiyuan center said.