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SJ 8

FSW-3 (SJ 8 probably similar) [CAST]

SJ 8 (Shijian 8) 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 was recovered after several weeks.

Once the space-bred seeds are recovered, the Ministry of Agriculture organized research institutions to develop new seeds featuring high yield, good quality and high efficiency.

An improved mission of this type, SJ 10 is currently planned for 2015 after experiencing several delays.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Micro-gravity
Contractors: CAST
Propulsion: FG-23A retro motor ?
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: 24 - 27 days ?
Mass: ~3000 kg
Orbit: 177 km × 445 km, 63.0
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SJ 8 2006-035A 09.09.2006 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2C (3)