DRO-A/B

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Overview

Destination: Lunar Orbit
Mission: Technology

Lunar Orbit Launch Complex 3 (LC-3/LA-1) Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Two spacecraft by the Chinese Academy of Sciences designed to perform communication and navigation testing from a Distant Retrograde Orbit (DRO) around the Moon with a 3rd satellite in Low Earth Orbit.

Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • March 14, 2024, 8:34 a.m.

Upper stage problem sent payload to wrong orbit; independent orbit determination results pending.


hitura-nobad • March 13, 2024, 2:41 p.m.

Liftoff confirmed


Cosmic_Penguin • March 11, 2024, 3:21 a.m.

Added launch per NOTAMs; launch vehicle and payload identities highly uncertain.


Long March 2C/YZ-1S

Family: Long March 2
Configuration: C/YZ-1S

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
    233 T
  • Thrust
    2962 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 2C/YZ-1S
  • Family
    Long March 2
  • Variant
    C/YZ-1S
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 2C/YZ-1S
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    3850 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    1250 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    1400 kg

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 452 Failures: 14 Pending: 8

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.

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