Iridium 51 & 61

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 7 Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Iridium provides global mobile telecommunications services using a constellation of 66 low earth orbit satellites in a 86.4° inclined orbit. Although 77 satellites were originally envisioned for the system and spawned the name based on the 77th element in the periodic table, the system has been scaled back. Motorola's Satellite Communications Group designed and manufactured the Iridium satellites with Lockheed Martin providing the LM-700A spacecraft buses.

Long March 2C-III/SD

Family: Long March 2
Configuration: C-III/SD

The Long March 2C is a family of expendable launch vehicles made and operated by China. It is a two stage launch vehicle with storable propellants, consisting of Nitrogen Tetroxide and Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    42.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.35 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.35 m
  • Launch Mass
    192 T
  • Thrust
    2786 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 2C-III/SD
  • Family
    Long March 2
  • Variant
    C-III/SD
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 2C-III/SD
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    3850 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 387 Failures: 13 Pending: 4

Agency Type: Government

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

INFO WIKI

Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Launch Complex 7


Soyuz 2.1b
Success
4 days, 17 hours ago
Kosmos 2565 (Lotos-S1 #7)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

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Long March 2
Success
5 days, 23 hours ago
Shenzhou 15
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Fourth crewed flight to the Chinese large modular space station.


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
6 days, 23 hours ago
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43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

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Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Yaogan 36 Group 03
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3 Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
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PSLV-XL
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
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Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Eutelsat 10B
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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Space Launch System (SLS)
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Artemis I
Launch Complex 39B - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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Ceres-1
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03D-08, 51 to 54
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

5 new Earth observation satellites for the Jilin-1 commercial Earth observation satellites constellation.


Long March 4C
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Yaogan 34-03
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Officially described as an optical remote-sensing satellite built by SAST.