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Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory Satellite (TECIS)

Long March 4B

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory Satellite (TECIS)

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Sun-Synchronous Orbit

Note: Launch vehicle and payload uncertain.

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Monitoring Satellite (TECIS) is intended to evaluate forest biomass, measure atmospheric aerosol content, and detect photosynthetic fluorescence. These measurements will contribute to efforts to combat global warming.

The satellite carries 4 instruments: Multi-Beam LIDAR, Directional Multi-Spectral Camera, Directional Polarization Camera, and Chlorophyll Fluorescence Hyper-Spectral Monitor (SIFIS)

The satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 506 km, at 10:30 AM local time in the descending mode, with a designed lifetime of 8 years.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory Satellite (TECIS)

Location


Launch Complex 9

Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China

Launch Complex 9 has witnessed the launch of 71 rockets, including 71 orbital launch attempts, while Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China, has been the site for 125 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 9

Rocket


China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Long March 4B

The Long March 4B (Chinese: 长征四号乙火箭), also known as the Chang Zheng 4B, CZ-4B and LM-4B is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. Launched from Launch Complex 1 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, it is a 3-stage rocket, used mostly to place satellites into low Earth and sun synchronous orbits.

Long March 4B

Agency


China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
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