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Tan Ce 2

Also called Double Star 2 or TC 2 or DSP P


Designation 28382 / 04029A
Launch date 25 Jul 2004
Country of origin China
Mission Scientific: magnetosphere study
Perigee/Apogee 682/38279 km
Inclination 90°
Period 695 min
Launch vehicle Long March #75

Will carry Chinese and 10 European scientific experiments identical to those on Cluster. One additional instrument is an imager to monitor energeitc neutral atoms.

This is the polar satellite.

The satellite has experienced multiple problems with killer electrons in summer 2004 and both the main and backup attitude control computers failed. Attitude cannot be changed anymore.

In May 2005, the mission was extended till Dec 2006.

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Technical data


Prime contractor China National Space Administration
Mass at launch 343 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power 200 W
Design lifetime 12 months

Same instruments as in Tan Ce 1

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