China launches satellite station in Sweden
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.