New Ocean Observation Satellite

A Chinese ocean observation satellite, called Haiyang 2A, launched Monday at 2257 GMT (6:57 p.m. EDT) on a Long March rocket from the Taiyuan space center in northeastern China. The remote sensing payload flew into orbit on top of a Long March 4B rocket, which placed the satellite in a 565-mile-high orbit with an inclination of 99 degrees, according to independent     tracking    data.   Haiyang   2A   will   study   dynamic   ocean     environments    such   as   sea   surface  winds,     wave   height    and    water temperatures. Its instruments include a microwave sensor, a radiometer and an altimeter. According to researchers Haiyang 2A will aid the supervision and survey of the maritime environment, helping prevent potential disasters at sea and contributing to marine weather forecasts.