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Spark 01, 02

Spark 01 [Shanghai Small Satellite Center]

Spark 01 and Spark 02 are Chinese hyperspctral earth observing minisatellites.

The spacecrafts were built and are operated by the China Academy of Sciences' Shanghai Small Satellite Center on the WN5000 bus.

The satellites feature a wide-range hyperspectral imager. The ground resolution is 50 m, covering spectral range from visible to near infrared (420 nm - 1000 nm) and a swath width of 100km. The imager has an average spectral resolution of 148 channels of 5 nm and a single satellite could obtain 2.5 million km2 hyperspectral imagery per day, with global coverage every 16 days.

Spark 01 and 02 were launched together with a third small satellite as secondary payloads with TanSat in December 2016 on a CZ-2D (2) rocket.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: China Academy of Sciences' Shanghai Small Satellite Center
Contractors: China Academy of Sciences' Shanghai Small Satellite Center
Equipment: Hyperspectral imager
Configuration: WN5000 bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 43 kg
Orbit: 700 km × 700 km, 98.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Spark 01 2016-081B 21.12.2016 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2D (2) with TanSat, Spark 02, ?
Spark 02 2016-081C 21.12.2016 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2D (2) with TanSat, Spark 01, ?