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China orbits new remote-sensing satellite

RIA Novosti

07:21 10/08/2010 BEIJING, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - China put into orbit on Tuesday another remote sensing satellite, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The Yaogan X was launched aboard a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province.

According to Xinhua, the satellite will be used primarily for scientific experiments, land survey, crop yield assessment, and disaster monitoring.

Western experts believe, though, that this class of satellites could be used for reconnaissance and other military purposes.

The previous satellite in the series, Yaogan IX, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province on March 5.

China, which has unveiled comprehensive space exploration plans, launched its first Yaogan class satellite in 2006.

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