GECAM

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Astrophysics

Low Earth Orbit Mobile Launcher Pad Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

GECAM (Gravitational Wave High-energy Electromagnetic Counterpart All-sky Monitor) is a constellation of two small X-ray and gamma-ray all-sky observatories to search for gamma-ray counterparts to gravitational wave events. Each satellite features a dome-shaped array of 25 Gamma-ray detectors (GRD) and 8 Charged particle detectors (CPD). Together the satellites will provide a FOV of 100% all-sky. The sensitivity of the detectors is ~2E-8 erg/cm2/s. They will provide a localization of ~1°. The detectors are sensible in the energy band from 6 keV to 5 MeV. Besides detecting the radiation from gravitatinal wave events, the satellites will also be contributing in detectiong Ultra-long GRBs, X-ray Flashes, X-ray-rich GRBs, Magnetars and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.

Updates

spacevogel • Dec. 9, 2020, 10:08 p.m.

Success according to CASC


Long March 11

Family:
Configuration: 11

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    4
  • Length
    20.0 m
  • Diameter
    2.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    58 T
  • Thrust
    1177 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 11
  • Family
  • Variant
    11
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 11
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

(CASC)

Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 460 Failures: 14 Pending: 7

Agency Type:

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

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