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China Launches Gaofen-7, New Earth Observation Satellite

Along with Gaofen-7, three other commercial and scientific experiment satellites, including one developed for Sudan, were also launched into space

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The satellite and carrier rocket were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Pixabay

China on Sunday launched Gaofen-7, a new Earth observation satellite, which will play a major role in land surveying and mapping, urban and rural construction and statistical investigation, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The Gaofen-7 was China’s first civil-use optical transmission three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite that reaches the sub-metre level, Xinhua reported.

The satellite and carrier rocket were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Along with Gaofen-7, three other commercial and scientific experiment satellites, including one developed for Sudan, were also launched into space.

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The Gaofen-7 was China’s first civil-use optical transmission three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite that reaches the sub-metre level, Xinhua reported. Pixabay

The development of the Gaofen-7 has achieved a breakthrough in sub-meter level 3D mapping camera technology, meeting the highest mapping accuracy requirement among the Gaofen series Earth observation satellites, according to CNSA.

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It can obtain high-resolution optical 3D observation data and high-precision laser altimetry data and can realise 1:10,000 scale satellite 3D mapping for civil use. (IANS)

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Bill Gates Officially Surpasses Jeff Bezos as Richest Person on Earth: Report

The Bezos couple finalised their divorce in April in what was reported as the biggest divorce settlement in history, entitling MacKenzie Bezos to Jeff Bezos' stocks worth around $36 billion

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Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. VOA

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates officially surpassed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at world’s richest person on Earth with a net worth of $110 billion — according to the latest Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The Microsoft co-founder had briefly topped Bezos as the world’s richest man last month after Amazon’s lacklustre Q3 results resulted in Bezos losing nearly $7 billion in stock value.

Bezos ended Gates’ 24-year run as the richest man in 2018 with a net worth of $160 billion.

According to CNN, Gates regained the lead on Friday after Microsoft stock went up nearly 48 per cent this year, helping boost the value of his stake in the tech giant.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia Commons)

Amazon’s Cloud arm AWS losing $10 billion Pentagon project to Microsoft has also helped the Satya Nadella-led company gain on the stock market.

Gates debuted on Forbes’ first ever billionaire list in 1987 with a net worth of $1.25 billion.

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Bezos first joined The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans in 1998, one year after Amazon went public, with a net worth of $1.6 billion, the report added.

The Bezos couple finalised their divorce in April in what was reported as the biggest divorce settlement in history, entitling MacKenzie Bezos to Jeff Bezos’ stocks worth around $36 billion. (IANS)