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China Confirms Data Reception from Newly Launched GF-3 02 Satellite

Dec 01, 2021

China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS), a major national S&T infrastructure hosted by the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, confirmed on November 28 that it successfully received data from the newly launched GF-3 02 satellite.

According to AIR, the Sanya Ground Station in southern China tracked and received the first track data of the satellite at 6:00 a.m. that day. Then, the Miyun Station at the outskirts of Beijing and Kashgar Station in western China successively received the satellite data.

As of the night of November 29, nine tracks of satellite data, with a total size of 303 GB was received, recorded, and transmitted by RSGS.

Equipped with C-band multi-polarization SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) which was developed by a research team of AIR, the satellite was launched on November 23 to provide SAR data for China's land and sea monitoring.

RSGS is responsible for the data reception of this satellite, as well as the follow-up data reception missions planned by the Medium and Long-term Development Strategy of China's Civil Space Infrastructure (2015-2025).

Engineers at the Sanya Ground Station working on receiving the first track of satellite data.