Earth Observation Payloads and Data Applications of Tiangong-2 Space Laboratory

  • Ming GaoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 541)


As China’s first Space Laboratory, Tiangong-2 was designed to carry on a number of space scientific experiments and application tests. For the Earth observation, Tiangong-2 is equipped with Wide-band Imaging Spectrometer (WIS), Interferometric Imaging Radar Altimeter (InIRA) and Multi-band Ultraviolet Edge Imaging Spectrometer (MUEIS). Up to now, these earth observation payloads have acquired a large amount of data, which has been released and applied in many fields. In this paper, the working mechanism, technical characters and advantages of these payloads are introduced, and the data acquirement, processing and service are summarized. With the data accumulation and application promotion, a series of application results have emerged. Some typical application achievements are presented as well. In the future, the earth observation payloads will continue providing data, and more and more applications are prospected.


Tiangong-2 Earth observation payload Wide-band Imaging Spectrometer Interferometric Imaging Radar Altimeter Multi-band Ultraviolet Edge Imaging Spectrometer Data application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Space UtilizationTechnology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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