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Wideband 01 & ÑuSat-7/8

Wideband 01

This satellite is the newest member of the growing Jilin-1 constellation of commercial, Chinese Earth observation satellites.

Overall, the satellite will aid in weather forecasting and disaster response coordination.

It will be able to provide full-color resolution of Earth's surface down to 0.76 meters (2.4 ft).

ÑuSat-7 and -8

These two satellites will form part of Satellogic S.A.'s Argentinean small satellite constellation called Aleph-1.

Named Sophie and Marie, the two satellites are quite small. Each satellite is just slightly wider and longer than a 17-inch laptop computer and stand slightly taller than a household coffee machine.

They each have a mass of just 37 kg.

Each satellite carries a small imaging system the can see in the visible and infrared light spectrums.

The Aleph-1 constellation will permit real-time Earth imaging and video with a ground resolution of 3.3 ft (1 m).

In all, 25 satellites are planned for this constellation.

(Image: Satellogic)

On this

rocket

Long March/Chang Zheng 2D

Part of the overall Long March/Chang Zheng 2 rocket family, the 2D variant is a two-stage to orbit vehicle used to launch satellites into either Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

It launched for the first time in 1992 and has flown more than 40 times.

It has only suffered one partial failure in its career.

Stats
Height: 41 m / 134.7 ft
Diameter: 3.35 m / 11 ft
Launch mass: 232,250 kg / 512,020 lb

Payload to LEO: 3,500 kg / 7,700 lb
Payload to SSO: 1,300 kg / 2,900 lb

Stage 1
Length: 27.9 m / 91.5 ft
Engines: 4 x YF-21C
Thrust: 2,961 kN / 665,800 lbf
Fuel: Nitrogen Tetroxide / Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine

Stage 2
Length: 10.9 m / 35.7 ft
Engines: 1 x YF-24C
Thrust: 742.04 kN / 166,820 lbf (main); 47.1 kn / 10,600 lbf (verniers)
Fuel: Nitrogen Tetroxide / Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine

Here, on

this day.

Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
2020-01-14

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Know Before You Go

The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center is located in Kelan County, Xinzhou, Shanxi Province, People's Republic of China.

It became fully operational in 1968 and sits 1,500 meters above sea level.

The center is used primarily to launch weather, Earth observation, and science missions to Sun-Synchronous orbits.

The launch site has also hosted Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile tests.

Taiyuan has three launch pads, LA-7, LA-9, and LA-16 and currently hosts the launches of the Long March-1D, -2C, -2C/SD, -4A, -4B, -4C, and -6 rockets.

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