12:33 GMT28 October 2020
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    China launches a remote sensing satellite for Venezuela with its Long March-2D carrier rocket.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — China launched a remote sensing VRSS-2 satellite for Venezuela on Monday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in country’s northwestern Gobi desert, media reported.

    The satellite was launched at 12:13 local time [04:13 GMT] by China’s Long March-2D carrier rocket. It was the third satellite jointly launched by Beijing and Caracas, the Xinhua news agency reported.

    China's Long March 2-D carrier rocket carrying a Chinese-made satellite takes off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Monday, Nov. 3, 2003
    © AFP 2020 / Xinhua, Li Gang

    The VRSS-2 will also be used by Venezuela mainly for environmental protection and disaster monitoring, as well as land resources inspection, crop yield estimation and city planning, according to the media.

    In 2008, the first Venezuelan communications satellite called the Venesat-1, or "Simon Bolivar" was launched, while a second one, the remote sensing satellite VRSS-1, was launched into space by Beijing in 2012.

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