Aircraft remote-sensing system begins operations


Eye in the sky: An aircraft carrying the remote sensing technology that can take images to assess disaster sites, among other tasks. — Xinhua

BEIJING: China’s new aeronautic system for conducting detailed observations and monitoring of Earth’s surface passed its final acceptance stage and is now formally in operation.

The Chinese Aeronautic Remote Sensing System, which consists of two medium-sized manned aircraft together with a range of remote-sensing technologies, was developed by the Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

According to Ding Chibiao, vice-president of the institute, aeronautic remote-sensing images are needed to assess road damage, landslides and collapsed houses when people suffer from severe earthquakes or floods.

Remote sensing is widely used in disaster prevention and alleviation, agriculture, forestry and fishery, water conservancy, surveying and mapping.

Compared with space-based remote sensing, aeronautic remote sensing offers higher resolution and precision. It can take pictures of the ground continuously, all day long, producing clearer images.

The CARSS also incorporates real-time processing and satellite communication, contributing emergency-response operations, including disaster prevention and reduction.

In the next phase, the system will be made available to users in various fields. — Xinhua

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