China launches ASO-S solar observatory to LEO

by | Oct 10, 2022 | China, Launches, Satellites, Science, Seradata News

At 2343 GMT on 8 October, China launched a Long March 2D (CZ-2D) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center to LEO. The payload carried was the ASO-S (Advanced Space-borne Solar Observatory) solar observation mission which is intended to monitor the sun 24 hours a day over its four year mission life. The 888 kg satellite will operate in a circa 720 km, sun-synchronous orbit. The mission is sponsored by the China Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The Long March rocket lifts-off against the rising sun. Courtesy of Xinhua/Wang Jiangbo

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