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China launches Ziyuan Earth observation and lobster eye X-ray astronomy satellites

China launched three satellites on a Long March 4B late Friday for remote sensing, novel lobster eye x-ray astronomy and commercial data acquisition.

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Long March 4B lofts latest Ziyuan-3 satellite

The third satellite in the Ziyuan-3 series was orbited by China on Friday at 03:17 UTC using the Long March 4B ‘Chang Zheng-4B’ (Y45) rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center’s LC9 launch platform. The new high-resolution remote s...

Ziyuan-3-03

Overview

Destination: None
Mission: Earth Science

Launch Complex 9 Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Ziyuan is a series of remote sensing satellites in Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth. Ziyuan 3-02 is a Chinese Earth observation satellite, a high-resolution imaging satellite operated by the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People's Republic of China.

Long March 4

Family: Long March 4
Configuration: B

The Long March 4B (Chinese: 长征四号乙火箭), also known as the Chang Zheng 4B, CZ-4B and LM-4B is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. Launched from Launch Complex 1 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, it is a 3-stage rocket, used mostly to place satellites into low Earth and sun synchronous orbits.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    44.1 m
  • Diameter
    3.35 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    249 T
  • Thrust
    2961 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 4
  • Family
    Long March 4
  • Variant
    B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 4B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    4200 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    1500 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairmen & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 224 Failures: 10 Pending: 10

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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Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Pad: Launch Complex 9


Long March 4
Success
5 days, 19 hours ago
Haiyang 2C
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Haiyang (Chinese: "Ocean"), abbreviated HY, is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China.


Long March 11
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen-03-1
Mobile launch platform - Sea Launch

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Kuaizhou
Failure
2 weeks ago
Jilin-1-02C
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Astra Rocket 3.0
Failure
2 weeks ago
Maiden Flight
Launch Pad B - Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

This is the first orbital attempt of Astra Space small satellite launch vehicle. Rocket carries no payload for this flight.


Long March 4
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Gaofen-11-02
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Long March 2F
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Chinese Reusable Space Vehicle
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

The payload is an experimental reusable spacecraft. It is rumored to be a prototype of a reusable spaceplane (similar to Boeing X-37B vehicle). Th...


Starship Prototype
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
150m Hop
SpaceX South Texas Launch Site - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The Starship SN6 prototype will attempt to perform a 150m hop similar to the one successfully performed by its predecessor SN5.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Starlink 11
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Vega
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
SSMS POC
Ariane Launch Area 1 - Kourou, French Guiana

The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, ...


Electron
Success
3 weeks, 5 days ago
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This return to flight mission is dedicated for Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand. Capella’...