BackForward Satellite Programme: Zi Yuan - 3 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Single satellite programme for land observation.  "Zi Yuan" = "Resource".
  • Chinese programme: developed by CAST for the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR).
  • The platform is actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time is 5 years.
  • The satellite exploits a sunsynchronous orbit around 10:30.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • Data stored onboard and transmitted to receiving stations in China at Beijing, Kashi and Sanya.
  • Data processing and analysis performed by CRESDA (China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application) for the National Administration of Surveying mapping and Geo-information (NASG).
Programme lifetime 2012 - 2025
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned