China launches satellite station in Sweden

Friday, 16 December, 2016 - 13:45

China's first satellite station overseas has been launched in Sweden.

This satellite station is located in the Esrange Space Center above the Arctic Circle, half an hour's drive from Kiruna, a major mining town in Sweden.

Liu Jianbo, deputy director of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences said: “Kiruna is an ideal place for remote sensing satellite data reception. With this ideal location, and with this high-performance antenna, Chinese Earth observation satellites will acquire global data more efficiently, and hence respond to user application requirements, such as disaster monitoring, better and quicker”.

However, such a station is not quite right considered only as a research center. The opportunities offered for the intelligence could not be underestimated.