The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite, dubbed Wukong” after the Monkey King character from the Chinese “Journey to the West”, was launched on Dec. 17, 2015, on a Long March 2-D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Like the Monkey King who can see through objects with his sharp eyes, the satellite has four major parts – a plastic scintillator array detector, a silicon array detector, a BGO calorimeter, and a neutron detector – together comprising about 76,000 minor detectors. It sends back about 20 GAB of data per day. Wukong is designed to undertake a three-year mission, but scientists hope it can last five years. It will scan space nonstop in all directions in the first two years and then focus on areas where dark matter is most likely to be observed.”

CAS news release, January 21, 2016