China — Electromagnetic Satellite Launches to Study Earthquake Precursors

“Zhangheng 1 will help scientists better understand the coupling mechanisms of the upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere and the temporal variations of the geomagnetic field, and thus accumulate data for the research of seismic precursors. Zhangheng 1 cannot be used to predict earthquakes directly, but it will help prepare the research and technologies for a ground-space earthquake monitoring and forecasting system in the future.”

Zhao Jian — Senior official with the China National Space Administration (CNSA)

On February 2 2018, China launched its first seismo-electromagnetic satellite to study seismic precursors, which might help establish a ground-space earthquake monitoring and forecasting network in the future. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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On February 2 2018, China launched its first seismo-electromagnetic satellite, known as Zhangheng 1 in Chinese, into a sun-synchronous orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in northwest China’s Gobi Desert.

The satellite was launched to study seismic precursors, which might help establish a ground-space earthquake monitoring and forecasting network in the future. (Xinhua / Wang Jiangbo)

CSES Mission

“CSES (China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite)is a scientific mission dedicated: to monitoring electromagnetic field and waves, plasma and particles perturbations of the atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere induced by natural sources and anthropocentric emitters; and to study their correlations with the occurrence of seismic events.

More in general, CSES mission will investigate the structure and the dynamic of the topside ionosphere, the coupling mechanisms with the lower and higher plasma layers and the temporal variations of the geomagnetic field, in quiet and disturbed conditions.

Data collected by the mission will also allow studying solar-terrestrial interactions and phenomena of solar physics, namely Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), solar flares and cosmic ray solar modulation.” [CSES]

China launches electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake precursors  

REFERENCES

China launches electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake precursors  — XINHUA NET

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China — Electromagnetic Satellite Launches to Study Earthquake Precursors

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