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October 29, 2018
A Long March-2C launch vehicle launched CFOSat (China-France Oceanography Satellite) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, northwest China, on 29 October 2018, at 00:47 UTC (08:47 local time).
CFOSat was developed jointly by CNES (Centre national d’études spatiales) and CNSA (China National Space Administration) to study ocean surface winds and waves.
The satellite has two radar instruments: SWIM (Surface Waves Investigation and Monitoring) which will survey the length, height and direction of waves; and SCAT (wind SCATterometer) which will measure the strength and direction of winds. As secondary payload, Long March-2C launched five small satellites: Xiaoxiang-1, Zhaojin-1, Tianfuguoxing-1, Changshagaoxin and CubeBel-1.
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