Long March 3B | Nusantara Dua

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

Launch Status
Failure

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 3B rocket as part of the Nusantara Dua mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Apr 9th, 2020, 7:46 AM EDT from Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The status of the launch was Failed. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Nusantara Dua

Nusantara Dua is a high throughput communications satellite built by CAST for Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara. It will replace the Palapa D satellite. Nusantara Dua will provide broadband internet and broadcasting access to users in Indonesia, as well as some regions of Asia-Pacific and Australia.

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 is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. Introduced in 1996, it is launched from Launch Area 2 and 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. A three-stage rocket with four strap-on liquid rocket boosters, it is currently the most powerful member of the Long March rocket family and the heaviest of the Long March 3 rocket family, and is mainly used to place communications satellites into geosynchronous 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.