Advanced Space-borne Solar Observatory (ASO-S)

Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Heliophysics

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

ASO-S (Advanced Space-borne Solar Observatory) is a Chinese solar space observatory that aims to study the interaction between the Sun's magnetic field, solar flares and coronal mass ejections. It's the first space solar observatory of China. ASO-S is a 3-axis stabilized satellite with a mass of less than 1,000 kg with a pointing accuracy of 0.01° and an orientation stability of 1 to 2 arc seconds every 20 seconds. The payload has a mass below 335 kg and consumes about 300 watts. The platform's pointing accuracy is lower than 0.01°, the measurement accuracy is lower than 1 arc second and the orientation drift is below 0.0004°/s. ASO-S has three instruments: - The Full-Disc Vector Magnetograph (FMG) instrument is intended to map the magnetic field of the photosphere over the entire solar disk. It includes an imager, an optical polarization system and a CCD detector. - The Hard X-ray Imager (HXI) camera should image the whole solar disk in X-rays. The instrument is optimized to take images of solar flares. - A set of three LST (Lyman-alpha Solar Telescope) telescopes is used to observe the Lyman-alpha line (121.6 nm) of solar flares up to a distance of several solar radii from the Sun's disk. These three telescopes are SDI (to obtain an image of the solar disk), SCI (coronagraph for observation between 1.1 and 2.5 solar radii) and WST (white light emitted by the solar disk used for calibration purposes).

Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 9, 2022, 12:13 a.m.

Launch success


Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 4, 2022, 1:41 p.m.

New launch date based of NOTAMs filings


Cosmic_Penguin • Sept. 30, 2022, 7:07 p.m.

Added launch per NOTAMs; Payload and launch vehicle identity with this launch entry uncertain.


Long March 2D

Family: Long March 2
Configuration: 2D

The Long March 2D, also known as the Chang Zheng 2D, CZ-2D and LM-2D, is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. It is a 2-stage carrier rocket mainly used for launching LEO and SSO satellites.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    38.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.35 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    232 T
  • Thrust
    2962 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 2D
  • Family
    Long March 2
  • Variant
    2D
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 2D
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $30000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    3500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    1300 kg

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 387 Failures: 13 Pending: 4

Agency Type: Government

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.

INFO WIKI

Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603)


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