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SJ 10

SJ 10 [NSSC]

SJ 10 (Shijian 10) is a recoverable satellite based on the FSW type reentry vehicle, which is used to expose 215 kilograms of seeds of plants and fungus to the space environment. It is planned to be recovered after several weeks.

SJ 10 is an improved version of the SJ 8 satellite. It is designed for space experiment research of microgravity science and space life science.

The major scientific objectives of Shijian-10 are to get innovative achievements in kinetic properties of matter and rhythm of life by carrying out various scientific experiments in space. The mass of the satellite is 3600 kg. Scientific purpose of the program is to promote the scientific research in the space microgravity environment by operation of recoverable satellite at low Earth orbit for 2 weeks. There are 6 experiments of fluid physics, 3 of combustion and 8 of materials science in the field of physical science, 3 experiments of radiation biology, 3 of gravitational biology and 4 of biotechnology in the field of life science. The experiments were selected from more than 200 applications.

The satellite was launched by the CZ-2D (2) rocket. The orbit inclination is 42.89, the perigee altitude is 220 km, the apogee altitude is 268 km, and the operating lifetime is 15 days.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Micro-gravity
Contractors: CAST
Propulsion: FG-23A retro motor ?
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: 15 days
Mass: 3600 kg
Orbit: 234 km × 268 km, 42.89
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SJ 10 2016-023A 05.04.2016 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2D (2)