China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Long March 3

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation


Successes: 123 Failures: 6 Pending: 18


Launch Vehicle

Long March 3

Configuration: B
Family: Long March 3



This is a Chinese experimental geostationary communications satellite. Besides testing the electric propulsion, the satellite is also reported to carry Chinas first high-throughput satellite payload (HTS), with a capacity of 20 GB per second. The satellite is aiming to provide Ka-band satellite broadband and multimedia services. Additionally it is also to conduct space-to-ground laser communications experiments.

Launch Window

NET: April 12th 2017 - 11:04 UTC

Launch Window

Open: April 12th 2017 - 10:58 UTC

Close: April 12th 2017 - 11:33 UTC

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Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ), Xichang Satellite Launch Center