China Launches EO Satellite to Help Achieve Key UN Goals

China launched a science satellite on Friday morning 5 November to help realise the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, or CASC, the country's leading space contractor.

The State-owned company said in a brief statement that a Long March 6 carrier rocket blasted off at 10:19 am from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province and later placed the Wide-Eye Geoscience Satellite into its preset orbit.

Designed and built by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the satellite is tasked with conducting precision space-based surveys of fuel consumption, urban construction and coastal environments in densely populated regions to provide data support to the research of humankind-nature interaction and sustainable development. It is the world's first satellite dedicated to servicing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to the academy.

Read more in Space Daily article.

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