Series of small satellites for high resolution land observation (gao fen = high resolution)., to implement the China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS)
Chinese programme: CNSA responsible, development and operations by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST).
The satellites are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design lifetime is 8 years (6 for GF-1 and GF-2)
The orbits are sunsynchronous around 10:30 or 06:00 or 13:30, except for GF-4 that is in GEO.
See details at https://chinaspacereport.com/spacecraft/gaofen/?blogsub=confirming#launch-history and for GF-1 and GF-2 only) at https://directory.eoportal.org/satellite-missions/g/gaofen-1 and https://directory.eoportal.org/satellite-missions/g/gaofen-2
2013 - 2028
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational
, blue tag => planned