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Gaofen 5


Designation 43461 / 18043A
Launch date 8 May 2018
Country of origin China
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 705 km, sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.1°
Period 98.8 min
Launch vehicle Long March 4C #255

First China-developed satellite that can monitor air pollution. It can dynamically reflect the state of air pollution in China through the monitoring of air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and aerosols.

It is able to obtain spectral information from ultraviolet to long-wave infrared radiation. It is the world's first full-spectrum hyperspectral satellite for comprehensive observation of the atmosphere and land.

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Technical data


Prime contractor Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology
Platform SAST-5000B
Mass at launch 2700 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array 1 panel
DC power  
Design lifetime 8 years

It is equipped with six advanced observation payloads, such as shortwave infrared hyperspectral camera and a greenhouse gas detector.

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