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Double Star 2



Double Star 2, also known as Explorer 2 and as Tan Ce 2 (TC 2) , is a European-Chinese (PRC) (ESA-CNSA) satellite that was launched by a Long March 2C rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launching Center at 07:05 UT on 25 July 2004. This joint mission is similar to the equatorial orbiter, Double Star 1, except that Double Star 2 is a polar orbiter. The Project Scientist for Double Star 2 is Philippe Escoubet of ESA/ESTEC. Details of the mission are available at:

Alternate Names

  • 28382
  • DoubleStar2
  • Explorer 2
  • TC 2
  • Tan Ce 2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2004-07-25
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2C
Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agencies

  • European Space Agency (International)
  • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Space Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Christophe Philippe EscoubetProject ScientistESA-European Space Research and Technology
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