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Established in 1980, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) is the sole commercial organization authorized by the Chinese government to provide commercial launch services, satellite systems and to carry out space technology cooperation.

As the professional company promoting international cooperation for China's space industry, CGWIC is devoted to the internationalized development of China's space industry. CGWIC has developed into a system integrator for space products and services. It can meet customers' multi-directional needs by providing comprehensive solutions for commercial launch services, satellite export, satellite ground tracking and control station construction, satellite applications, project financing, project insurance and technical training, etc. Through extensive international cooperation, CGWIC enjoys an excellent reputation in the international aerospace industry, the financial community and the insurance circle.

In addition, CGWIC is actively involved in the international marketing of civilian products and services utilizing space technology and provides high quality products and specialized services in diversified fields including satellite technology applications, green energy, information & electronic products, petroleum & petrochemical equipment, new materials, consulting services, international trade, international exhibition, international logistics, project contracting, international bidding, etc.


The VRSS-2 Satellite System Program was signed between China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC), and the Ministry of People's Power for University Education, Science and Technology (MPPEUCT) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on October 5, 2014. As the prime contractor, CGWIC worked together with its subcontractors, China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) and China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General (CLTC), to in-orbit deliver an optical remote sensing satellite for Venezuela, upgrade the VRSS-1 ground control system and ground application system, upgrade the 5.4m SiRGIS station, provide two sets of satellite engineering models for ground test, training and supporting services. During the execution of the program, a Venezuelan joint team collaboratively participates into the development of the satellite and the ground application system.

This program is the first high-resolution remote sensing satellite program contracted by China Aerospace and an International Customer, meanwhile the third space program between China and Venezuela after the successful inorbit delivery of Venesat-1 Satellite (2008) and VRSS-1 Satellite (2012).

MPPEUCT, the end-user of VRSS-2 program, is committed to the establishment and development of the aerospace industry and technologies of Venezuela. Agencia Bolivariana para Actividades Espaciales (ABAE), subordinated to MPPEUCT, is the Venezuelan space agency who takes charge of the in-orbit operation, management and application of the VRSS-2 satellite.

The launch mission is the 33rd flight of LM-2D launch vehicle and also marks the 252nd launch of Long March family.

The VRSS-2 Satellite is an optical remote sensing satellite orbiting in the SSO. Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, named the satellite as Sucre Satellite after the independence hero Antonio José de Sucre, also known as the "Grand Marshal of Ayacucho".

VRSS-2 Satellite is Venezuela's second remote sensing satellite, which will be mainly used in the fields of resource investigation, environmental protection, disaster monitoring and management etc. It will play an important role in developing national economy, improving the people's livelihood as well as promoting social progress.


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