The Chinese were back in action again on Monday, launching the Shiyan Weixing-5 (SW-5) satellite via their Long March 2D rocket. Launch occurred at 02:12 UTC from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
As previous launches from China, little information was released about this mission.
SW-5 uses the CAST-100 satellite platform and is possibly related to the medium size rapid surveying earth observation satellite platform that can house optical, SAR and other payloads for rapid target acquisition.
This was featured in one news article early in 2013 while mechanical tests were being performed on SW-5.
JIUQUAN, Nov. 25 -China successfully launched the Experiment-5 satellite into a preset orbit with the Long March-2D carrier rocket at 10:12 a.m. Monday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
The satellite will conduct technological experiments and environmental surveys.
It is the 185th launch of the Long March series of carrier rocket.