Chang'e 3 & Yutu
Long March 3B
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Chang’e 3 & Yutu
Type: Robotic Exploration
Chang’e 3 is an uncrewed lunar exploration mission consisting of a robotic lander and China’s first lunar rover Yutu. The main objective of the mission is to achieve China’s first soft landing and roving exploration on the Moon, as well as performing lunar-based astronomical observation and studying lunar topography and geology.
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Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China
186 rockets have launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China.
Long March 3B – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
- Family: Long March 3
- Length: 54.8 m
- Diameter: 3.35 m
- Launch Mass: 426 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 11500 kg
The Long March 3B was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 1996-02-14. Long March 3B has 22 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 25 launches. The Long March 3B is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. Introduced in 1996, it is launched from Launch Area 2 and 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. A three-stage rocket with four strap-on liquid rocket boosters, it is currently the most powerful member of the Long March rocket family and the heaviest of the Long March 3 rocket family, and is mainly used to place communications satellites into geosynchronous orbits.
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.