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QUESS (Micius)

Long March 2D

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

QUESS (Micius)

Type: Communications

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, People’s Republic of China

102 rockets have launched from Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China.

Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603), Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 2D

Length: 38.3 meters
Diameter: 3.35 meters
First Launch: August 9, 1992

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 Long March 2D rocket has been launched a total of 39 times with 38 successful and 1 failed launches.

Agency

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Type: Government
Abbreviation: CASC
Administration: Chairmen & President: Lei Fanpei
Founded: 1999
Launchers: Long March

Country: CHN

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.

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