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Long March 5 – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Long March 5 – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

  • Family: Long March
  • Length: 57 m
  • Diameter: 5 m
  • Launch Mass: 867 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 25000 kg

The Long March 5, manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation established in 1999, undertook its inaugural launch on 11/03/2016. Notably, Long March 5 has 6 successful launches and 0 failed attempts, with a cumulative tally of 6 launches, currently with 2 pending launches in the pipeline.

Long March 5 is a Chinese heavy lift launch system developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). CZ-5 is the first Chinese vehicle designed from the ground up to focus on non-hypergolic liquid rocket propellants. Currently, two CZ-5 vehicle configurations are planned, with maximum payload capacities of ~25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb) to LEO and ~14,000 kilograms (31,000 lb) to GTO. The Long March 5 roughly matches the capabilities of American EELV heavy-class vehicles such as the Delta IV Heavy.

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