China sends two environmental monitoring satellites into space

TAIYUAN (Xinhua) – China has successfully launched two environmental monitoring satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shaanxi Province on Sunday. A Long March-4B rocket carrying the HJ-2A and HJ-2B satellites took off at 11.23am (Beijing Time), according to the launch centre. They will replace the HJ-1A and HJ-1B, the previous generation of environmental monitoring satellites, to provide services concerning environmental protection, natural resources, water conservancy, agriculture and forestry, according to the satellite developer China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). More details in Monday’s Borneo Bulletin.