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Shijian 9B



One of a dual-launched complentary pair of space technology development satellites. Testing high precision and high stability control systems based on an ion thruster system, power supply systems and efficient thermal control systems. May also equipped for remote imaging. Catalogue number and designation subject to confirmation.

he two satellites were developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) for the Chinese Commission of Science, and the Technology and Industry for National Defence (COSTIND).

The mission will conduct on-orbit experiments for electric propulsion, testing the XIPS-20 xenon gas ion thruster system. It will also test high precision and high stability control systems, high efficient power supply and advanced thermal control technology. The satellites features also instruments for Earth observation.

“Shijian” means “Practice” and this series of satellites have previously been used with a variety of configurations and missions for scientific research and technological experiments.

This was the 169th successful Chinese orbital launch, the 169th launch of a Chang Zheng launch vehicle, the 40th successful orbital launch from Taiyuan, the 14th successful orbital Chinese launch in 2012 and the fourth from Taiyuan this year.

Alternate Names

  • 38861
  • SJ 9A
  • Shijian9B

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-10-14
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2C
Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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