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China Sends Resource Satellite and Two Smaller Ones into Planned Orbits

The resource satellite, ZY-1 02D developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), will provide observation data

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They were launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11.26 a.m. from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province, Xinhua news agency reported. Pixabay

China sent a resource satellite and two smaller ones into planned orbits on Thursday.

They were launched on a Long March-4B carrier rocket at 11.26 a.m. from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province, Xinhua news agency reported.

The resource satellite, ZY-1 02D developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), will provide observation data for natural resources asset management, ecological monitoring, disaster prevention and control, environmental protection, urban construction, transportation and contingency management.

With an expected lifespan of five years, ZY-1 02D carries a near-infrared camera with a coverage width of 115 km, enabling it to observe large and medium-sized cities, and be used for urban planning, said the satellite’s project manager.

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China sent a resource satellite and two smaller ones into planned orbits on Thursday. Pixabay

The satellite can also be used to observe chlorophyll concentration, water transparency and total suspended matter concentration in lakes to help monitor the environment and prevent water pollution.

One of the two small satellites launched on the same rocket belongs to Beijing Normal University, and is named BNU-1, and the other belongs to a Shanghai-based private space technology company. Both have an expected lifespan of one year.

BNU-1, developed by a Shenzhen-based company affiliated to CAST, weighs about 16 kg, and will be mainly used to monitor polar climate and environment, greatly helping research of the polar regions and global climate change.

The satellite can report sea ice changes, which could help with ship navigation and make channel risk assessments.

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Thursday’s launch is the 310th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series. (IANS)

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Vivo To Unveil Concept Smartphone “APEX 20” on February 28 in Beijing

The smartphone does not have a USB port, instead, it relies on a magnetic port that connects to the bottom part of the back cover for charging and data transfer

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Vivo said the upcoming APEX 2020 represents Vivo's prediction and layout of mobile phone development and technological innovation in 2020, news portal GizmoChina reported. Wikimedia Commons

Vivo was expected to announce its APEX 2020 concept smartphone at the MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain, however, as the conference got cancelled the company will be showcasing the device on February 28 in Beijing, China.

Vivo said the upcoming APEX 2020 represents Vivo’s prediction and layout of mobile phone development and technological innovation in 2020, news portal GizmoChina reported.

The teaser shared by the company shows a circular shaped camera ring at the back, the Apex logo at the bottom of the rear panel and curved screen edges are seen on the sides.

The device was announced at Mobile World Congress in 2019.

To recall, the device features a super unibody curved glass design and comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display.

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Vivo was expected to announce its APEX 2020 concept smartphone at the MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain, however, as the conference got cancelled the company will be showcasing the device on February 28 in Beijing, China. Wikimedia Commons

The smartphone does not have a USB port, instead, it relies on a magnetic port that connects to the bottom part of the back cover for charging and data transfer.

Additionally, the phone replaces physical buttons with pressure-sensitive power and volume buttons.

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It has no visible speaker too. (IANS)