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Zhou Enlai student satellite launched

Some of the students from Huai'an who helped develop the Zhou Enlai CubeSat

Some of the students from Huai’an who helped develop the Zhou Enlai CubeSat

The 2U CubeSat Zhou Enlai 周恩来 developed with primary and middle school students was launched at 04:12 UT on Friday, January 19, 2018. Twenty of the students from Huai’an who helped develop the satellite were at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for the launch.

The satellite is named after the first Premier of the PRC. Zhou Enlai held office from October 1949 until January 1976.

The IARU satellite pages list a 2U CubeSat called HA-1 with FM transponder and SSTV developed by the Teenagers Amateur Radio Center of Activity in Huai’an. Zhou Enlai may well be the new name for this satellite, see

Also on the launch was the 6U CubeSat Xiaoxiang-2 (TY-2) developed by TianYi Research Institute in Changsha, Hunan Province, also known as SPACETY. It carries four experiments, testing optical fiber sensing technology, space radio software, Amateur Radio and image stabilization. TY2 operates in the 435, 2400, 5650 and 5830 MHz amateur bands, further information at

Zhou Enlai CubeSat

Zhou Enlai CubeSat

A Xinhua Net report on the Zhou Enlai CubeSat says:

The satellite was sent from its production base in Huai’an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in east China’s Jiangsu Province to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province Monday, where a CZ-11 solid fuel rocket is scheduled to put it into orbit Friday.

Twenty teenagers who participated in the development project accompanied the transport group to the launch center and will witness the lift-off.

Zhang Xiang, chief designer of the satellite, said that the nano-satellite, weighing 2 kilograms, is set to run in sun-synchronous orbit. Equipped with a HD optical camera, it can capture space photos with the highest resolution among those shot by other Chinese satellites for scientific education purpose.

Zhang said that the students had taken their spare time to join the development and groundbased simulation performance of the satellite, and had learnt to assemble and practice voice data transfer and telecommunication applications.

“A scientific satellite like this is like a teacher in space, carrying cameras or spectroscopes to study the upper atmosphere or to shoot space pictures of the stars. Students can grasp the mystery of the universe through the messages transmitted by the teacher,” said Zhang, a professor with Nanjing University of Science and Engineering.

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