China has launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit for remote sensing operations, according to a media report.
It was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi in the early hours, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The satellite is mainly used for remote sensing exploration of land resources, it said.
A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space.
The launch was the 259th mission of the Long March rocket series.