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Xihe (CHASE)

Long March 2D

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Xihe (CHASE)

Type: Heliophysics
Launch Cost: $30,000,000

Xihe, also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE), is designed to test a newly developed satellite platform and conduct solar observations. The scientific payload of the satellite is an Hα imaging spectrograph (HIS), which can, for the first time, acquire full-disk spectroscopic solar observations in the Hα waveband. It will complement the observations by on-orbit solar spacecraft (such as SDO, IRIS, STEREO and PSP), as well as future solar missions of the Solar Orbiter and the Chinese Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S).
Mission is named Xihe after a solar deity from Chinese mythology.

Mission patch for Xihe (CHASE)

Location

Launch Complex 9

Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China

108 rockets have launched from Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China.

Launch Complex 9, Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 2D – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Family: Long March
Length: 38.3 m
Diameter: 3.35 m
Launch Mass: 232 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 3500 kg

The Long March 2D was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 1992-08-09. Long March 2D has 58 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 59 launches. 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.

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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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
8 months ago

Solar observations, here is to a good launch for all involved.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
8 months ago

Great coverage of the launch and program objectives regardless of how short the footage was.
Its always worthy seeing space technology at its best like this, well done to all involved after all “space” is for us all to fully share .