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The SJ 9A (Shijian 9A) spacecraft is a technology satellite developed for the Chinese Comission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND).

SJ 9A is based on the CAST-2000 bus. It conducts in-orbit experiments for electric propulsion, high-precision- and high-stability control systems, high-efficienent power supply and advanced thermal control technology. The satellite features also instruments for Earth observation and component tests of indigenously developed technology.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Technological experiments
Contractors: SAST
Configuration: CAST2000
Propulsion: LIPS-200 ion thruster, HET-40 Hall-effect thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: ~ 790 kg
Orbit: 622 km × 647 km, 98.00
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SJ 9A 2012-056A 14.10.2012 TY LC-9 CZ-2C (3) SMA with SJ 9B

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