LAUNCH CENTER

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Mon Dec 29 2003
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Tan Ce 1

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LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

December 29, 2003 at 2:06 PM EST

(December 29, 2003 at 7:06 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

December 29, 2003 at 2:06 PM EST

(December 29, 2003 at 7:06 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

December 29, 2003 at 2:06 PM EST

(December 29, 2003 at 7:06 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Earth Science
    • The Double Star spacecraft, called also Tan Ce (TC) which in Chinese means ‘Probe‘, is a joint Chinese and ESA mission to study the effect of the Sun on the Earth's environment. The polar spacecraft (TC-2) will monitor the energy input from the solar wind into the polar ionosphere. The equatorial spacecraft (TC-1) will investigate the so-called substorm process, when it is in the Earth's magnetotail, and the entry of solar particle on the front side of the magnetosphere.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

    Pad

    Launch Complex 3 (LC-3/LA-1)