19 June 2020
China’s first satellite dedicated to polar observation has begun sending back images of the Arctic, according to scientists working on the project.
The Ice Pathfinder was launched in September and is the first of 24 probes that will form a polar observation satellite constellation. It had earlier been used to send back more than 1,000 photographs of the southern polar region, according to a report by China Science Daily.
Gathering meteorological, hydrographical, magnetic and acoustic data would be useful to both military and non-military Chinese agencies that “have a stake in Arctic activities”, said Collin Koh, a Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
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