Long March 3B

China resumes Long March 3B flights

CNSA decided to resume flights of Long March 3B rocket; vehicle was grounded after failed mission with first Chinasat-9A spacecraft which was deployed on lower orbit comparing to original plan. It was preceded and later followed by other missions when Chinese rockets performed below nominal parameters. After underpowered launch on June 19, 2017, when Long March 3B failed to deliver Continue Reading The post China resumes Long March 3B flights appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Chinasat-9A communications satellite reaches correct orbit

Chinese communications satellite reached finally its designated orbit after its rocket, Long March 3B failed to deploy it on the correct altitude on June, 18, 2017. Chinasat-9A was launched on the top of the Long March 3B from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 18, 2017. Rocket due the not specified problems, probably with cryogenic second stage, deployed satellite below Continue Reading The post Chinasat-9A communications satellite reaches correct orbit appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Long March 3B failed, Chinasat-9A remains on lower orbit

Long March 3b suffered for some kind of problems during last launch. CNSA admitted on Monday that their latest satellite launched on the top of the Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 18, 2017, remains on lower orbit that it was previously planned. It was officially confirmed that satellite was delivered to space and it is Continue Reading The post Long March 3B failed, Chinasat-9A remains on lower orbit appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

ChinaSat-9A delivered to orbit three days after launch of HXMT !

Today from the LC2 launch complex at Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Launch of Zhongxing-9A (also designated ChinaSat-9A) at 16:08 UTC Long March-3B/G2 delivered to orbit new communications satellite for the China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. ChinaSat-9A (mass at 5100 kg) is also known as the Zhongxing-9A and was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) for its main subsidiary Continue Reading The post ChinaSat-9A delivered to orbit three days after launch of HXMT ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Shijian-13 delivered to orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Center

Today China launched their experimental communications satellite and started program of tests of their electric ion thruster which could be adopted in future to satellite platforms manufactured and offered on commercial market by Chinese space industry. Long March 3B was launched today (12 April) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center; at 11:04 UTC rocket started from LC2 launch site. It delivered under Continue Reading The post Shijian-13 delivered to orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Center appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]