China will launch its first spacecraft designed specifically to study the Sun’s processes in October 2022. This was announced at the Zijinshan Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Launch of the 888-kilogram Advanced Space Solar Observatory will be from the Jiuquan Cosmodrome, Gansu Province, northwest China. The exact date is unknown.
The observatory will be in a sun-synchronous orbit at 720 km above Earth’s surface. Its purpose is to study the Sun’s magnetic field and solar flares. The design service life of the observatory is four years.
After the launch of ASO–S, it is expected that ASO-S will allow detailed recording of the “solar storm”, the 25th cycle’s solar activity. It will generate data of up to 500 gigabytes per day. All scientific data and analysis software collected by the device will be available for all users worldwide.
It should be noted that scientists will soon be able to predict when solar flares will occur and how they will affect people using the scientific data collected by ASO-S.