Launch Date: June 10, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Long March 3A Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center Payload: Fengyun-2H (1,380 kg) Satellite Type: Meteorology A Chinese Long March 3A rocket, stripped of the characteristic boosters
|Launch Date:||June 10, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 3A|
|Launch Site:||Xichang Satellite Launch Center|
|Payload:||Fengyun-2H (1,380 kg)|
A Chinese Long March 3A rocket, stripped of the characteristic boosters of the often-launched CZ-3B, will lift the country’s Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. This will be the last in China’s first-generation of geostationary weather satellites as the country’s Fengyun-4 next-generation GEO weather satellite series began deployment in 2016, switching from the antiquated spin-stabilized satellites to three-axis stabilized, multi-instrumented satellites.
Fengyun (Chinese for ‘Winds and Clouds’) is China’s Meteorological Satellite Program, consisting of at least one operational satellite in Geostationary Orbit and several satellites in polar orbits, creating a satellite constellation to monitor the Chinese and surrounding territory and deliver timely data relevant for weather forecasting and nowcasting.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 3A
🛰 Payload Overview: Fengyun-2 Overview
Launch Date: August 21, 2018 Launch Window: 21:20 UTC Launch Vehicle: Vega Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: ADM Aeolus Spacecraft Manufacturer: Airbus Defence & Space Satellite Operator: ESA Aeolus - formerly known as the Atmospheric Dynamics
|Launch Date:||August 21, 2018|
|Launch Window:||21:20 UTC|
|Launch Site:||ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||Airbus Defence & Space|
Aeolus – formerly known as the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission (ADM) – is a 1,400-Kilogram satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and outfitted with an experimental payload capable of measuring three-dimensional wind fields to demonstrate a potentially ground-breaking technique for measuring atmospheric dynamics and so improve weather forecasting and climate research. The Aeolus mission looks back at an extraordinarily long road to launch with an initial launch target of 2007.
The Aeolus spacecraft is fitted with an Active Doppler Lidar – pulsing lasers into Earth’s discernible atmosphere and measuring the Doppler shift in the in the return signal, backscattered light intensity from different atmospheric layers to be able to create altitude-dependent wind profiles. The primary payload of the satellite is known as Aladin (Atmospheric LAser Doppler INstrument) – combining a direct detection lidar with a fringe-imaging receiver and double-edge receiver.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Vega
Launch Date: September 19, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: MetOp-C Satellite Type: Meteorology Target Orbit: Sun Synchronous Orbit A "Europeanized" Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana
|Launch Date:||September 19, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M|
|Launch Site:||ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Target Orbit:||Sun Synchronous Orbit|
A “Europeanized” Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center with the third satellite in Europe’s MetOp Constellation – the first European meteorology system operating from Sun Synchronous Orbit to collect data on atmospheric parameters feeding into numerical weather forecasting. Modern-day satellite-based meteorology systems combine low-orbiting satellites in Sun Synchronous Orbit for atmospheric scanning while spacecraft placed in Geostationary Orbit collect rapid-cadence imagery for monitoring of weather systems. Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the four-metric-ton MetOp satellites each carry a multi-payload suite for atmospheric sounding, scatterometry, and imaging.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B
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