12 September 2019
On 12 September, China sent a the resource satellite, ZY-1 02D, and two small satellites, Ice-Pathfinder (also known as BNU-1) of Beijing Normal University and Taurus 1 of Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd. into planned orbits from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre. They were launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11:26 h (Beijing Time). ZY-1 02D will provide observation data for natural resources asset management, ecological monitoring, disaster prevention and control, environmental protection, urban construction, transportation and contingency management. Ice Pathfinder is dedicating to the observation of key channel area in polar region. The second small sat, Taurus 1 is designed and manufactured by Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd. It is a satellite for in-orbit verification of de-orbit sun solar sail payload.
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