Zhongxing 9

Overview

Destination: Geostationary Orbit
Mission: Communications

Geostationary Orbit Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Chinese geostationary communications satellite

Long March 3

Family: Long March 3
Configuration: 3B

The Long March 3B is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. Introduced in 1996, it is launched from Launch Area 2 and 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. A three-stage rocket with four strap-on liquid rocket boosters, it is currently the most powerful member of the Long March rocket family and the heaviest of the Long March 3 rocket family, and is mainly used to place communications satellites into geosynchronous orbits.

Specifications
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    54.8 m
  • Diameter
    3.35 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    426 T
  • Thrust
    5923 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 3
  • Family
    Long March 3
  • Variant
    3B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 3B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $70,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    11500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    5100 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
    2000 kg
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Circle Image
Chairmen & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 372 Failures: 22 Pending: 13

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

Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)


Hapith I
Failure
3 days, 4 hours ago
Test Flight
Pad 1 - Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia

The first Hapith I launch will be testing TiSPACE's hybrid rocket engine technology in preparation for the future Hapith V launch vehicle. Targeting …


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 10 hours ago
Inspiration4
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is donating the thre…


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
4 days, 16 hours ago
OneWeb 10
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…


Falcon 9
Success
5 days, 7 hours ago
Starlink Group 2-1
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 51 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Razbeg 1 (Kosmos 2551)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Russian Razbeg 1 is small military satellite optical reconnaissance satellite. It was built by NPP VNIIEM. It is likely the same satellite ide…


Long March 3
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
ChinaSat 9B
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Zhongxing-9B (ChinaSat 9B) is a Chinese communications satellite, that will replace the Zhongxing-9A satellite in orbit. The latter was launched in 2…


Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen-5-02
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen (GF) is a series of Chinese civilian remote sensing satellites for the state-sponsored program China High-definition Earth Observation System …


Firefly Alpha
Failure
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Maiden Flight
Space Launch Complex 2W - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

First flight of the new Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace. It will carry Firefly’s DREAM (Dedicated Research & Educatio…


Falcon 9
Success
3 weeks ago
Dragon CRS-2 SpX-23
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

SpaceX will launch the cargo variant of its Dragon 2 spacecraft on their 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station…


Astra Rocket 3
Failure
3 weeks ago
STP-27AD1
LP-3B - Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

Space Force test payload contracted through the Defense Innovation Unit’s Other Transaction Agreement with Astra Space.