China Launches Second Satellite for Venezuela

By | October 1, 2012 | Government, ST Briefs

[Satellite TODAY 10-01-12] The Chinese state-run Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center has sent a second satellite built for the Venezuelan government into orbit on a Long March rocket, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported Sept. 30.

   The Venezuelan spacecraft VRSS-1 is a remote sensing satellite that aims to provide images for tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring floods.
The satellite is also nicknamed after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda. Chinese officials said the satellite cost $140 million to produce.
   China launched Venezuela’s first satellite, Venesat-1, or “Simon Bolivar” in 2008 to carry communications gear. The satellite is also nicknamed after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda. Chinese officials said the satellite cost $140 million to produce. China launched Venezuela’s first satellite, Venesat-1, or “Simon Bolivar” in 2008 to carry communications gear.
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