The state-of-the-art of the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite mission


The China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) mission was proposed in 2003 and approved in 2013 after ten years’ scientific and engineering demonstrations. To meet the requirement of scientific objectives, the satellite is designed to be in a sunsynchronous orbit with an altitude of 507 km and descending node time of 14:00 LT. The CSES satellite carries 8 instruments, including search-coil magnetometer (SCM), electric field detector (EFD), high precision magnetometer (HPM), GNSS occultation receiver (GOR), plasma analyzer package (PAP), langmuir probe (LAP), high energetic particle package (HEPP) and detector (HEPD), and tri-band beacon (TBB), among which HEPD is provided by Italian Space Agency. The CSES satellite was launched successfully on February 2, 2018, and is planned to operate for 5 years. The CSES mission is the first satellite in China to measure geophysical fields, which will have a lot of application prospects in the study of seismology, geophysics, space sciences, and so on.

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Shen, X., Zhang, X., Yuan, S. et al. The state-of-the-art of the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite mission. Sci. China Technol. Sci. 61, 634–642 (2018).

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  • China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite
  • seismo-ionospheric disturbance
  • lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling
  • geomagnetic fields
  • ionosphere