Long March 2D
QUESS (Micius)

Long March 2D | QUESS (Micius)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 2D Rocket

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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 2D rocket as part of the QUESS (Micius) mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Mon, Aug 15th, 2016, 1:33 PM EDT from Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603), Jiuquan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 2D and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

QUESS (Micius)

Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) is the first satellite purpose-built for quantum experiments in the world. The 600kg satellite will test long range quantum communications at longer range than ever before. So far scientists have managed to reach up to around 300km, but they hope that in space the range can be increased significantly. They will be testing it up to around 1200km. The mission is expected to last 2 years

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603), Jiuquan

Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 2D

The Long March 2D, also known as the Chang Zheng 2D, CZ-2D and LM-2D, is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. It is a 2-stage carrier rocket mainly used for launching LEO and SSO satellites.

China National Space Administration

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is the national space agency of the People's Republic of China. It is responsible for the national space program and for planning and development of space activities. CNSA and China Aerospace Corporation (CASC) assumed the authority over space development efforts previously held by the Ministry of Aerospace Industry. The CNSA has many launch sites around China with their orbital sites located in Jiuquan, Xichang, Taiyuan and Wenchang.

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