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/E
Family: Long March 3


Earth Science

In geostationary orbit Gaofen 4 will monitor the Earth in the visible light and infrared regions, at a resolution of 50m and 400m respectively for near time civilian applications. The spacecraft is the 4th Gaofen series spacecraft to be launched in China’s High-Definition Earth Observation Satellite (HDEOS) program. The satellite weighs 4600kg, is powered by 2 solar arrays and has an expected lifetime of 8 years.

Launch Window

NET: December 28th 2015 - 16:04 UTC

Launch Window

Open: December 28th 2015 - 15:56 UTC

Close: December 28th 2015 - 16:47 UTC

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Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), Xichang Satellite Launch Center




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