At 10:51, 23 December 2011, China's ZYI-02C satellite was imaging and transmitting data the day after launching. CEODE’s ground stations at Miyun and Sanya successfully received the data and displayed imagery in a real-time moving window. The data transmission lasted about nine minutes.
ZY1-02C is the first custom-made, high-resolution satellite addressing the national demand for China’s natural resources. The satellite serves the need for resource surveying and monitoring, and is aimed at building data production capacity with high spatial resolution imagery, wide coverage, and a quick re-visit time.
For the satellite’s first pass, CEODE not only prepared to implement a series of technical tests but also prepared several aerials for receiving data on the day of transmission to ensure the successful reception of the satellite‘s first track of observation data.
Leaders and experts from the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China, China Academy of Space Technology, and the China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application witnessed the live data reception.