Long March 3B/E | Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18)

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

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 3B/E rocket as part of the Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Mon, Aug 19th, 2019, 7:55 AM EDT from Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18)

Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) is a Chinese communications satellite based upon a DFH-4E bus. The Chinasat-18 provides Ku commercial communications services with 30 Ku-band transponders, Ka broadband communication services with 14 Ka-band MSS spot user beams and exploring Ka-band broadcasting services with 2 Ka BSS-band transponders within the service coverage areas.

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.