Long March 3A
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Type: Lunar Exploration
China’s first lunar orbiter. It achieved a 200km lunar orbit where it operated until being deliberately de-orbited and impacting the surface on March 1st, 2009.
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Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China
191 rockets have launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China.
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation – CASC
- Type: Government
- Abbreviation: CASC
- Administration: Chairman & 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.