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Beidou-3 M25 & M26

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Overview

Destination: Medium Earth Orbit
Mission: Navigation

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

Note: Satellites numbering uncertain. These two satellites will be used to provide global navigation coverage as part of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system.

Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • Dec. 26, 2023, 7:26 a.m.

Launch success.


Cosmic_Penguin • Dec. 23, 2023, 2:32 a.m.

Added launch per NOTAMs; Payload and launch vehicle identities uncertain.


Long March 3B/YZ-1

Family: Long March 3
Configuration: B/YZ-1

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
    425 T
  • Thrust
    5923 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 3B/YZ-1
  • Family
    Long March 3
  • Variant
    B/YZ-1
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 3B/YZ-1
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $70000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    11500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    5100 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
    2000 kg
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairman & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 452 Failures: 14 Pending: 7

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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