Long March 2D/YZ-3 | Hongyan-1

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 2D/YZ-3 Rocket

Launch Status

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 2D/YZ-3 rocket as part of the Hongyan-1 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Sat, Dec 29th, 2018, 3:00 AM EST 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 2D/YZ-3 and experience the excitement for yourself.



The first demonstration satellite for Hongyan, which is a planned constellation consisting of 320 satellites in low Earth orbit.


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

Jiuquan, People's Republic of China


Long March 2D/YZ-3

The Long March 2D, also known as the Chang Zheng 2D, CZ-2D and LM-2D, is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. It is a 2-stage carrier rocket mainly used for launching LEO and SSO satellites. The YZ-3 variant includes a YZ-3 upper stage able to push satellites into higher 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.