The satellite HY-1C's mission is to monitor ocean colour and water temperatures, in order to supply researchers with data for better understanding the oceans' environment, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense informed.

This data will be used as a part of a survey regarding the resources and environment of China's offshore waters, islands and coastal zones, marine disaster response and the sustainability of ocean resources.

The satellite has a life span of five years, and was developed by the China Spacesat Co Ltd under the China Academy of Space Technology.