China Launches Satellite to Look for Signals of Earthquakes

China launched a satellite that will search for signals that could help scientists to predict earthquakes on Thursday.

The China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite will study electromagnetic signals in Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere to determine if they can be used to predict earthquakes. The Chinese-led mission is being conducted in cooperation with Italy.

The spacecraft was launched aboard a Long March 2D booster from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It was the sixth successful launch of the year for China.

Here is the launch schedule for the rest of the month. Check for updates here.

Feb. 6

Launch Vehicle: Falcon Heavy
Payload: Tesla Roadster
Launch Window: 1:30-4:30 p.m. EST (1830-2130 GMT)
Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy will send a red Tesla Roadster into deep space.

Feb. 11

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Payload: Progress 69P
Launch Time: 3:58 a.m. EST (0858 GMT)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Feb. 17

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Paz
Launch Time: 9:22 a.m. EST; 6:22 a.m. PST (1422 GMT)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Built by Airbus Defense and Space, Hisdesat’s Paz satellite will provide radar imaging as well as ship tracking and weather data. The flight will use a previously-flown first stage.

Feb. 22

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Hispasat 30W-6
Launch Window: TBA
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will provide communications services over Europe, North Africa and the Americas.

Feb. 24/25

Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Payload: IGS Optical 6
Launch Window: 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. EST on Feb. 24 (0400-0600 GMT on Feb. 25)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

The Information Gathering Satellite carries an optical reconnaissance payload.


Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Payload: Beidou
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: Xichang, China

The rocket will launch two Beidou navigation satellites.


Launch Vehicle: GSLV Mk. 2
Payload: GSAT 6A
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, India

The GSAT 6A satellite will provide S-band communications services and demonstrate technologies for future satellite-based mobile applications.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    That Roadster is going to be the cheapest non-functional payload to the outer reaches of the inner Solar System in history.

  • windbourne

    Actually, it may function for a bit of the trip. Too bad they did not add a simple transmitter to it.with battery, it could last a long time.

  • windbourne

    Boy, Ula, Oatk, airbus, etc really are out of this.
    Hopefully, BO gets moving on new Shepard and new glenn.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If so, at a few hundred thou, it’ll be the cheapest working payload sent to the outer reaches of the inner Solar System in history. 🙂

  • Paul_Scutts

    There must be something to this electromagnetic earthquake business. I remember back in 2004 when that devastating quake and resultant tsunami occurred in the Indian Ocean, an estimated quarter of a million people lost their lives but no elephants. They were seen several hours before strolling away from the shores and into the hills. They “knew” something bad was on it’s way whilst we humans played/worked blissfully unaware at the shore-lines. Very sad.

  • therealdmt

    Launch Vehicle: Falcon Heavy
    Payload: Tesla Roadster

    Oh man, lol. That’s all time

  • joe tusgadaro

    Good idea for the Tesla….maybe there is an alien civilisation out there who can find it, have a good laugh, then send back instructions on how to actually build a good quality Tesla.

  • Lee

    Moved to more appropriate thread.

  • windbourne

    Possibly nice sub detection as well.