Long March 5  | Shijian 20

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 5 Rocket

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 5 rocket as part of the Shijian 20 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Fri, Dec 27th, 2019, 7:45 AM EST from Wenchang, China. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 5 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Shijian 20

Shijian 20 is an experimental geostationary communications satellite. This is also a return-to-flight launch for Long March 5 after a July 2017 failure.

Location

Wenchang, China

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 5

Long March 5 is a Chinese heavy lift launch system developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). CZ-5 is the first Chinese vehicle designed from the ground up to focus on non-hypergolic liquid rocket propellants. Currently, two CZ-5 vehicle configurations are planned, with maximum payload capacities of ~25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb) to LEO and ~14,000 kilograms (31,000 lb) to GTO. The Long March 5 roughly matches the capabilities of American EELV heavy-class vehicles such as the Delta IV Heavy.

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.