Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Zi Yuan - 3
Single satellite programme for land observation. "Zi Yuan" = "Resource".
Chinese programme: developed by CAST for the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR).
The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 5 years.
The satellite exploits a sunsynchronous orbit around 10:30.
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Data stored onboard and transmitted to receiving stations in China at Beijing, Kashi and Sanya.
Data processing and analysis performed by CRESDA (China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application) for the National Administration of Surveying mapping and Geo-information (NASG).
2012 - 2021
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Zi Yuan - 3
(2012 - 2018)
(2016 - 2021)