Long March 4B
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Type: Earth Science
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Launch Complex 9
Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China
121 rockets have launched from Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China.
Long March 4B – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
- Family: Long March 4
- Length: 44.1 m
- Diameter: 3.35 m
- Launch Mass: 249 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 4200 kg
The Long March 4B was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 1999-05-10. Long March 4B has 48 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 49 launches. The Long March 4B (Chinese: 长征四号乙火箭), also known as the Chang Zheng 4B, CZ-4B and LM-4B is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. Launched from Launch Complex 1 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, it is a 3-stage rocket, used mostly to place satellites into low Earth and sun synchronous 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.