Long March 2D launches Zhangheng-1 Earthquake investigator
A Long March 2D has conducted the sixth Chinese launch of 2018, with the lofting of the Zhangheng-1 spacecraft, a new research satellite for the observation of ionospheric precursors of earthquakes. The launch took place at 07:51 UTC on Friday from the 94 Launch Platform at the LC43 Launch Complex from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC). An additional six small satellites rode along with the primary payload. The Zhangheng-1 (ZH-1) – also known as China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) – was developed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and is based on the CAST2000 bus. The satellite will be operated by China National Space Administration (CNSA) together with the China Earthquake Administration and the China National Space Administration in cooperation with the Italian Space Agency (ASI). ZH-1 carries six instruments to measure the electromagnetic effects of earthquakes above 6 magnitude in China and quakes above magnitude seven all over the world. On board the satellite is the High-Energy Particle Detector (HEPD) to detects protons and electrons, measuring the flow of protons and electrons in short-term disturbances in the radiation belt whether caused by terrestrial, solar or anthropic phenomena; the Search-coil magnetometer (SCM) that will measure fluctuations in the magnetic field of the ionosphere and the Electric Field Detector (EFD) to measure the variation of the ionosphere electric field due to disturbances from solar, seismic and anthropic phenomena.
UTC Library Offers 5 Of The Best Science Fiction Books From 2017
Take a step through the looking glass where you’ll encounter a beetle who can erase your memory, or possibly find yourself living in an underground colony on Earth’s moon where men can’t vote! All of this and more can be found in one of best Science Fiction books of 2017. Here are a few that you can check out from the UTC Library:
UTC Library Offers 6 Of The Best Mystery Novels From 2017
Cold cases, mysterious deaths, unlikely sleuths, and twist endings. Here is a sampling of some of the most popular mystery novels that came out in 2017. If you stay up late trying to find out whodunit, you may need to leave the light on! Here are 6 that you can check out from the UTC Library:
China Launches Earth Observation Satellite
China successfully launched into the space satellite Land Surveying Satellite (LKW-2) on Saturday, December 23, on board the Long March 2D rocket ("The Great March 2D"). The rocket was launched from pad No. 4 of the Chinese Jiuquan Cosmodrome, located in Gansu Province, exactly at 4:14 UTC on December 23. The successful launch was confirmed one hour later by the official news agency of the People's Republic of China, Xinhua. The launch of this mission took place in an atmosphere of the utmost secrecy, so the exact time of operations conducted during the flight remains unknown. Probably, the total duration of the mission - from launching the rocket to launching the satellite into orbit - was approximately 10 minutes. The first stage of the Long March 2D missile consumed fuel in about 3 minutes after the launch. During the remaining seven minutes, the second stage of the rocket moved under control, which resulted in the release of a payload to a low Earth orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometers above the planet's surface.
ISON Update For 22:00 UTC Nov. 28: It Made It! Kinda.
[UPDATE (Nov. 28 at 23:30 UTC): Whatever is left of ISON is now visible in the wide-field camera on SOHO; you can see it poking its nose into the blue part (that's the LASCO C3 camera; the red inner part is from LASCO C2, a narrower field of view).…
Leap Seconds And The Problem With The Global Time Standard
Next month there will be a vote on whether to fundamentally change the world's time standard. Why? Coordinated universal time (UTC) is the time scale used all over the world for time coordination. It was established in 1972, based on atomic clocks,…
UTC Library Offers Some Of The Best YA Books Of 2017
2017 was an eventful year and anyone who was surprised by the topical and unflinching approach Teen Vogue took to journalism this year obviously hasn’t been paying attention to YA lately. Again in 2017, we saw YA books that thoughtfully and boldly covered difficult topics facing teens (and adults!) and exploring a variety of perspectives in so doing. Here are 5 books that you can check out from the UTC Library:
China launches latest Beidou-3M satellite duo
A new pair of navigation satellites were successfully launched by China on Thursday, using a Long March-3B/YZ-1. The launch of the Beidou-3M pair took place at around 23:18 UTC from the LC2 Launch Complex of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province. It took over four hours to complete the mission.The launch was previously scheduled for 2017. However, this was delayed due to a partial launch failure with a previous launch of this rocket during the Zhongxing-9A (ChinaSat-9A) mission, which resulted in the satellite being lofted to a lower than planned orbit. It is expected that the Beidou-3MEO3 (Beidou-26) and Beidou-3MEO4 (Beidou-27) satellites will be onboard, but a TV news report following last November’s BDS launch – featuring the satellite production facility in Shanghai – referred that the two satellites about to be shipped were marked as “M7 & M8”. So, we will have to wait what designation is given to the satellites when in orbit.
Japan’s ASNARO-2 launched on third Epsilon flight
Japan’s experimental radar imaging satellite ASNARO-2 was launched Thursday aboard the third flight of the Epsilon rocket. Liftoff – from the Uchinoura Space Centre – occurred at the opening of a twenty-four-minute, two-second window opening at 06:06:11 local time (21:06 UTC on Wednesday). Japan’s first launch of 2018, Wednesday’s mission was originally scheduled towards the end of last year, before an electrical issue with the rocket delayed its liftoff. Epsilon was tasked with deploying the ASNARO-2 satellite into a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit. Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation 2 – or ASNARO-2 – is the second in a series of experimental Earth imaging satellites operated by Japan Space Systems, formerly the Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer (USEF). A radar imaging mission, it follows the ASNARO-1 optical satellite that launched aboard Russia’s Dnepr rocket in November 2014. The mission is funded by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry through its New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO).
UTC Library Offers 5 Of The Best Horror Novels From 2017
From the ghoulish and ghosty to the fiendish and frightening, 2017 was a terrifying year for the horror genre. This year writers for the genre were more introspective and psychological than in previous years, exploring themes that are relevant to the modern era. Check out 5 of the most popular horror novels of the year at the UTC Library, but don’t blame us for the nightmares!