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Status

Seosat, TARANIS

Launch Time
NET Jun 20, 2020

Rocket

Vega
Arianespace
Status: Active
Price: $37.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 2,200 kN
Payload to LEO: 1,436 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 29.9 m
Fairing Diameter: 2.6 m
Fairing Height: 7.88 m

Mission Details

TARANIS

TARANIS (Tool for the Analysis of Radiation from lightning and Sprites) is an observation satellite of the French Space Agency (CNES) which will study the transient events produced in the Earth's atmospheric layer between 10 kilometres and 100 kilometres altitude. The satellite is intended to collect data on transient events that are observed during thunderstorms. These events are happening between the medium and upper atmosphere, the ionosphere and the magnetosphere (radiation belts). The resulting phenomena in visible light are called Transient Luminous Events (TLE) and take a great diversity of forms (elves, halos, blue jets) varying in color, shape and duration. Thunderstorms are also known to generate gamma and X-ray emissions called Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes (TGF), generated by intense electric fields in which the electrons are accelerated to the point of reaching an energy up to 30 MeV. The link between TLEs and TGFs is one of the scientific questions of the TARANIS mission. The Lightning-induced Electron Precipitations (LEP) will also be studied. All these events have associated electromagnetic wave emissions that will be investigated as well. The Atmosphere-Space Interaction Monitor will operate as the same time as TARANIS and will provide complementary observations.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 152 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit

Seosat (Ingenio)

Ingenio (or SEOSat/Ingenio) is a Spanish project to produce a satellite capable of providing wide-field imagery (230 60 km × 60 km frames a day) at 2.5 m panchromatic resolution and 10 m colour resolution, from a sun-synchronous polar orbit; it is Spain's first optical imaging satellite. The satellite is part of the Spanish Earth Observation Satellite program.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 830 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit

Location

ELV-1 (SLV), Guyana Space Centre, French Guiana, France

Stats

2020

35th orbital launch attempt

Arianespace

284th mission

Vega

16th mission