Earlier on Sunday morning (3 November 2019), a Long March-4B rocket took off at 11:22 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China’s Shanxi Province carrying a couple of satellites, one of which belongs to Sudan government.
Satellites onboard include Gaofen 7, Xiaoxiang-1 08, Whampoa 1, all of which belong to China, and a remote sensing satellite owned by Sudan.
The Sudan Remote Sensing Satellite, SRSS-1 was developed for the Sudanese government by the Shenzhen Aerospace Oriental Red Sea Satellite Co. The small satellite was designed for both civil and military remote sensing mainly over Sudan.
The project objectives are to generate a comprehensive, cost-effective and reliable database on topographic Mapping, natural resources for developmental planning, exploration of natural resources, environmental monitoring, agricultural monitoring, and yield estimation and besides public security (intelligence) and defense applications. The aim of the government is towards the establishment of the space industry in Sudan by owning the first Sudanese satellite, and the development of ground facilities in Khartoum North.