29 October 2018
China sent an ocean-observing satellite successfully into space on 29 October, a joint mission pursued under close Sino-French space cooperation that will enable scientists to study, for the first time, ocean surface winds and waves simultaneously. The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat), atop a Long March-2C carrier rocket, took off at 8:43 a.m. from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in northwest China's Gobi Desert, and entered a sun-synchronous orbit 520 km above the Earth. Jointly developed by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, the French space agency, the satellite will conduct 24-hour observations of global wave spectrum, effective wave height, and ocean surface wind field, said Zhao Jian, a senior official with CNSA.
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"The SpaceTY Four" - an innovative set of cubesats hitched a ride with CFOSat
On board of CZ-2C were the "SpaceTY Four", a set of four cubesats, developed by SpaceTY, the Tianyi Satellite Research Institute. Xiaoxiang-1-02 TY1-02; Xinghe TY1-03; Tongchuan-1 TY1-04; Changsha Zergling TY4-01. On 29 October, at 22:00 h BJT, SpaceTY confirmed that the "SpaceTY Four" had established a stable telemetry and were in good health.
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