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China-France Oceanography SATellite
Also called Zhongfa Haiying Weixing


Designation 43662 / 18083A
Launch date 29 Oct 2018
Country of origin China
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 525 km
Inclination 97.5°
Period 95 min
Launch vehicle Long March #270

It is the first satellite mission conducted jointly by China National Space Administration (CNSA) and CNES, France.

It will be the first satellite dedicated to remote sensing of ocean surface winds and waves jointly and simultaneously on a wide swath-width, which has been involved as a part of Global Space Climate Observatory and is capable to observe the land surface parameters.

The satellite will include two radars: a French system designed to measure direction and wavelength of ocean waves (SWIM), and a Chinese version focusing on wind strength and direction (SCAT).

External resources


sat-index articles

n2yo.com tracking

Technical data


Prime contractor DFH Satellite Co Ltd (CAST)
Platform CAST-2000
Mass at launch 700 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 3 years

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