Long March 4B | Huiyan (HXMT (Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope))

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 4B Rocket

Launch Status
Success

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 4B rocket as part of the Huiyan (HXMT (Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope)) mission. The launch window for the Astrophysics mission was on Wed, Jun 14th, 2017, 11:00 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 4B and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Huiyan (HXMT (Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope))

Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) is a Chinese X-ray space observatory. This will be China's first astronomy satellite, and it is tasked with observation of black holes, neutron stars and other phenomena based on their X-ray and gamma ray emissions.

Location

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

Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 4

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.

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.