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Tiantong-1-02

Long March 3B

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Tiantong-1-02

Type: Communications

Designed by the CAST Institute (China Academy of Space Technology), a subsidiary of the Chinese aerospace group CASC and specialized in spacecraft design, the Tiantong-1 02 satellite will be operated by China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd, another CASC subsidiary which owns about ten communication satellites such as the ChinaStar and APStar. Tiantong-1 02 is the second satellite of China's first mobile communication network. It uses a Chinese DFH-4 satellite platform, and, according to its manufacturer CAST, has the highest payload mass utilization rate compared to other satellites of the same family. The project was launched in 2010 following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, where almost all ground communication networks were paralyzed. China had no mobile communication satellites at the time, so it had to lease services from foreign countries, such as Inmarsat in Europe, for its rescue teams.

Location

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)

Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China

101 rockets have launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China.

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 3

Length: 56.3 meters
Diameter: 3.35 meters
First Launch: May 13, 2007

The Long March 3B / E (G2) (CZ-3B / E) is one of the most successful medium-range launchers and the strongest variant of the CZ-3 series.
It was specially developed for the transport of heavy communications satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit.

The additional designation “E” stands for a higher payload fairing, stretched boosters and extended fuel tanks at the first stage, over the CZ-3B.

The Long March 3 rocket has been launched a total of 37 times with 36 successful and 1 failed launches.

Agency

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation

Type: Government
Abbreviation: CASIC

Country: CHN

The China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation Limited (CASIC) is a Chinese state-owned corporation that designs, develops and manufactures a range of spacecrafts, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment.

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