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QUESS (Micius)

Long March 2D

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


QUESS (Micius)

  • Type: Communications
  • Orbit: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $30,000,000

Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) is the first satellite purpose-built for quantum experiments in the world. The 600kg satellite will test long range quantum communications at longer range than ever before. So far scientists have managed to reach up to around 300km, but they hope that in space the range can be increased significantly. They will be testing it up to around 1200km. The mission is expected to last 2 years

Location


Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603)

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China

Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) has witnessed the launch of 111 rockets, including 111 orbital launch attempts, while Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China, has been the site for 220 rocket launches.

Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603)

Rocket


China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Long March 2D

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.

Long March 2D

Agency


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.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
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