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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

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.

Mission patch for Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory Satellite (TECIS)

Location

Launch Complex 9

Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China

116 rockets have launched from Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China.

Launch Complex 9, Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 4B – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Family: Long March 4
Length: 44.1 m
Diameter: 3.35 m
Launch Mass: 249 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 4200 kg

The Long March 4B was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 1999-05-10. Long March 4B has 46 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 47 launches. 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.

Agency

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Type: Government
Abbreviation: CASC
Administration: Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei
Founded: 1999
Launchers: Long March

Country: CHN

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.

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