ESA Operations @esaoperationsOur #Kourou station will acquire signals from #ChangE3 shortly after launch & track it all the way to the #Moon pic.twitter.com/WVCcmA7HKM
Chang’e-3 liftoff is set for around 18:00 GMT on 1 December, and the 15 m-diameter dish in Kourou will pick up the first signals around 18:44 GMT.
its descent to the surface, expected around mid-day on 14 December.The landing and rover operations on the Moon will be commanded via two Chinese tracking stations at Kashi, in the far west of China, and at Jiamusi, in the northeast.
That is very good information. Wonder if any source can verify and clarify the chinese capabilities about PU-238 production, if its Pu-238 they are using, or clarify what the rover is actually using. I guess it seems to be a simple case of Russian collaboration and technology transfer, according to the russian article references posted there.( this thread probably deserves a bump too http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=32899.0 )
2006-11-19 10:19:21 中国能源信息网 11月18日，国防科工委科技与质量司在我院召开“百毫瓦级钚-238同位素电池研制”验收会，我国第一个钚-238同位素电池正式通过验收。同位素电池的研制成功填补了我国长期以来在该研究领域的空白，标志着我国在核电源系统研究上迈出了重要的一步。 同位素电池利用放射性同位素衰变过程释放的热能，通过热电耦转换成电能，具有尺寸小重量轻、性能稳定可靠、工作寿命长、环境耐受性好等特点，能在高空、海洋等各种特殊环境下工作。 随着我国空间探测技术的进一步发展以及未来深空探测的需求，为我国航天器提供稳定、持久的能源已提到议事日程上来。迄今为止，航天器仪器、设备最理想供电来源就是同位素电池，掌握同位素电池制备的一系列关键技术并具备自主研制生产能力显得尤为重要。 2004年，同位素所承担了“百毫瓦级钚－238同位素电池研制”任务，在两年时间内，同位素所和协作单位完成了总体设计和一系列相关工艺研究，研制出样品。最终检测表明，电池辐射防护检测的各项指标均符合国家安全要求，性能达到了技术指标要求。验收会上，项目负责人罗志福就该项目的研制过程、关键技术、创新点及项目管理情况进行了汇报，专家组在认真听取各项报告，现场观看电池样机，审查相关资料后，一致同意通过项目验收。 该项目的顺利验收标志着我国第一台钚-238同位素电池研制圆满成功，填补了我国在该领域的空白，为我国发大功率同位素电源的研制奠定了一定技术基础。本篇文章来源于中国电力信息网|Power.NengYuan.Net
2006-11-19 10:19:21 China Energy Information Network Review November 18 , National Defense Science and Technology and Quality Division in the hospital held a " one hundred milliwatts isotope plutonium-238 batteries developed " acceptance will , China's first plutonium-238 isotope batteries formally approved. The successful development of isotope batteries have long filled the gaps in the study of the field , marking China's research on the nuclear power system has taken an important step forward. Isotope batteries use radioisotopes decay process releases heat into electrical energy by a thermocouple , small size with light weight , reliable performance , long working life , environmental tolerance and good features , can a variety of special high-altitude environment , oceans , etc. in next job. With the further development of China's space exploration technologies and future deep space exploration needs, providing stability for our spacecraft , lasting energy has been on the agenda . So far , spacecraft instruments, equipment ideal isotope power source is a battery , the battery master a series of key technologies isotopes prepared and have independent research and production capacity is particularly important. In 2004, the isotope commitment to the " one hundred milliwatts isotope plutonium-238 battery research " task , in two years time , isotope and collaborative units to complete the overall design and a series of related technology research, developed the sample . Final testing showed that the detection of radiation protection battery indicators are in line with national security requirements, performance reached the technical requirements . Acceptance of the meeting, the project leader Luo Zhifu development process for the project , the key technologies, innovation and project management carried out a report , the group listened carefully to the report , after the scene to watch the battery prototype , review the information , it was agreed by project acceptance. The project marks the successful acceptance of China's first plutonium-238 isotope batteries developed a complete success , to fill the gaps in the field, laid the foundation for the development of certain technologies hair isotope power supply .This article comes from China Power Information Network | Power.NengYuan.Net
4) The Chang’e-2 project developed and applied high sensitive digital transponder X-band technology based on a uniform carrier system; it also demonstrated the use of X-band deep space TT&C system and technology. This represents an advancement of China’s TT&C system from S-band to X-band system for higher transmission rates; it established the foundation for future deep space exploration missions.
XICHANG, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 a.m. Monday in Xichang Satellite Launch Center, the mission's launching headquarters said here Saturday.
Any confirmed webcasts? Will CCTV cover liftoff? Does anyone have links to CCTV streams? (lost mine)
This is neat.
The collaboration is a key step towards Europe's ambition to strengthen ties with China in space exploration, and eventually secure a seat on a future Shenzhou space capsule."That would definitely be one of the goals we are heading for," Thomas Reiter, the director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency (ESA), told the Sunday Morning Post...."Scientists want to come to China because China offers them an opportunity to do something that nobody has done before," Falanga said.
ESA's Erik Soerensen, at ESOC and responsible for Estrack support to external partners, has just sent in this report:This morning all still go for launch - the fuelling of the rocket is completed, the weather is OK. Yes, the interface between ESOC and China's BACC – the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Centre – is working. BACC is the headquarters of the tracking and control system for Chang'e 3.The Xinhua News Agency posted an update yesterday, giving a somewhat updated lift-off time of 18:30 CET.