Long March 3B
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $70,000,000
Alleged Chinese classified geosynchronous satellite. Payload identity uncertain but might be an early warning satellite.
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Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 )
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China
187 rockets have launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China.
Long March 3B/E – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
- Family: Long March 3
- Length: 56.3 m
- Diameter: 3.35 m
- Launch Mass: 456 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 12000 kg
The Long March 3B/E was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 2007-05-13. Long March 3B/E has 50 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 51 launches. 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.
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.
Top secret says it all.