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China to launch satellites to protect spacecraft against storms

China is to launch two satellites within a year to probe and predict geospace storms that could threaten spacecraft safety; a senior scientist was quoted as saying Friday.
“We are testing eight pieces of equipment — five from the European Space Agency (ESA) — to be flown on the first of the two Chinese satellites in December,” said Liu Zhenxing, chief scientist of China’s Double Star Program. It will be the first time European equipment is integrated with Chinese satellites, the China Daily said.
The launch of an “equatorial” satellite in December will be followed by a polar-range satellite in June — both aboard Chinese Long March 2C rockets, said Liu, also a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The two satellites comprise the Double Star Program — a Chinese initiative to observe the Earth’s geospace storms which exploration satellites from other countries have failed to cover. According to Liu, geospace storms, including magnetic storms, substorms and storms of high-energy particles, have been responsible for 40 percent of the world’s 6,000 glitches in satellite operations recorded so far.