Long March 3B/E | Alcomsat-1

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

Launch Status
Success

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 3B/E rocket as part of the Alcomsat-1 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Sun, Dec 10th, 2017, 11:40 AM EST from Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 3B/E and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Alcomsat-1

Alcomsat-1 is the first Algerian telecommunications satellite. It is expected to operate in geostationary orbit for 15 years. Satellite carries Ku-band and Ka-band transponders for civil applications and X-band, UHF and EHF for the needs of the military and strategic state sectors.

Location

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), Xichang Satellite Launch Center

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.