Long March 3B/E | Tiantong 1-01

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 3 Rocket

Launch Status
Success

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 3 rocket as part of the Tiantong1-01 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Fri, Aug 5th, 2016, 12:22 PM EDT from Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 3 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Location

Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 )

Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 3

The Long March 3B / E (G2) (CZ-3B / E) is one of the most successful medium-range launchers and the strongest variant of the CZ-3 series. It was specially developed for the transport of heavy communications satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit. The additional designation "E" stands for a higher payload fairing, stretched boosters and extended fuel tanks at the first stage, over the CZ-3B.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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.