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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1500 on: 06/15/2017 09:47 AM »
China launches in 2017 (times in UTC)

01 - January 5 (15:18:04.043) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y39) - XSLC, LC2 - TJSW-2
02 - January 9 (04:11:12.026) - KZ-1A (Y1) - JSLC - Lingqiao-1 (3) 'Jilin Linye-1'; Xingyun Shiyan-1; Kaidun-1 'Caton-1'
03 - March 2 (23:53) - KT-2 - JSLC - Tiankun-1
04 - April 12 (11:04:04.133) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y43) - XSLC, LC2 - SJ-13 Shijian-13 (ZX-16 Zhongxing-16 / 'Chinasat-16')
05 - April 20 (11:41:35.361) - CZ-7 (Y2) - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-1 Tianzhou-1: Silu-1 (Silk Road-1)
06 - June 15 (03:00) - CZ-4B (Y31) - JSLC, LC43/603 - 'Huiyan' Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT); Zhuai-1A; Zuhai-1B; —uSat-3 "Milanesat"
07 - June 18 (16:11) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - ZX-9A Zhongxing-9A (Partial Launch Failure; satellite in wrong orbit)

China launch schedule


2017

June (end or July)- CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - Shaonian Xing (Junior Star)
July 2 (11:20) - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - SJ-18 Shijian-18 (DFH-5 bus)
July 15 - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M1; Beidou-3M2
August 16 - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - ZH-1 Zangheng-1 (ESEM Experimental Satellite on Electromagnetism Monitoring); Fengmaniu-1 (CubeSat-3U); Shaonian Xing (MiniStar); —uSat-4; —uSat-5; GomX-4A (Ulloriaq); GomX-4B and others
September 15 - CZ-11 - JSLC - Xiaoxiang-2 / 5 (TY-2 Tianyi-2; TY-3 Tianyi-3; TY-4 Tianyi-4; TY-5 Tianyi-5)
September (TBD) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-6C Zhongxing-6C
September - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M3; Beidou-3M4
September - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - GF-5 Gaofen-5
September - CZ-4C (Y21) - TSLC, LC9 - FY-3D Fengyun-3D; Head-1
September - CZ-11 - JSLC - Fengtai Shaonian-02
October - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M5; Beidou-3M6
October - ?? - ?? - Ministar-1
November - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-5 (Sample return)
December - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GJ-3 GaoJing-3, GJ-4 Gaojing-4
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M7; Beidou-3M8
December - CZ-3C - XSLC - Beidou-2G8
End of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - Alcomsat-1
End of year September 25 / 30 - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - VRSS-2 'Antonio Josť de Sucre'
End of year - ?? - ?? - LJ-1 Luojia-1
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-6 Gaofen-6
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - SaudiSAT-5B
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-2 Jilin-2
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-3 Jilin-3
?? - CZ-2C (Y29) - XSLC, LC3 - ??
?? - CZ-11 - XSLC - Jilin
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - Yijian Duoxing
?? - CZ-3A - XSLC, LC3 - FY-2H Fengyun-2H
?? - CZ-6 - WSLC - Changguang-1
?? - CZ-6A - TSLC, LC16 - ?? (or JSLC - 2017 to 2020)
?? - CZ-2? - TSLC, LC9 - CAS-2A1; CAS-2A2
?? - CZ-?? - TSLC, LC9 - CAS-4A; CAS-4B
?? - LS-1 - ?? - LandSpace-1
?? - ?? - ?? - ZDPS-3 Zheda Pixing-3
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-31 Yaogan Weixing-31
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-32 Yaogan Weixing-32
?? - ?? - ?? - Tianyi
?? - ?? - ?? - Huaizong-1

2018

February - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M9; Beidou-3M10
March 15 - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - APStar-6C
March - LS-1 (?) - WSLC - GomSpace
March - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M11; Beidou-3M12
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early / Mid - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - SupremeSAT-II
May - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M13; Beidou-3M14
June - CZ-2C - ?? - CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography SATellite)
June - CZ-4C - XSLC - Chang'e-4 relay sat; DSLWP-A1/A2
June - CZ-2C/SMA - JSLC, LC43/603 (or TSLC, LC9) - Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1)
August - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-2I7
September - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M15; Beidou-3M16
October - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G1Q
December - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - CBERS-4A
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M17; Beidou-3M18
Late - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Chang'e-4 lunar probe and rover
End - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-7 Gaofen-7
End - CZ-3B - XSLC - Apstar-6D (or first quarter of 2019)
End - CZ-8 - WSLC (?) - ??
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - LOVEcho
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC - Fengtai Shaonian-02
?? - CZ-3C - XSLC - TL-2 Tianlian-2
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4B Fengyun-4B
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - ZY-3 Ziyuan-3 (3)
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3E Fengyun-3E
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1C Haiyang-1C
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1D Haiyang-1D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2B Haiyang-2B
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - ?? - ?? - Deep Space Solar Observatory
?? - ?? - ?? - EgyptSat 2
?? - ?? - ?? - Shenzhen-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1

2019

February - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I1Q
Early - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-18 Zhongxing-18
April - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - LSTSAT-1 (was Nicasat-1)
April - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I2Q
Middle of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - TCSTAR-1 (Thaicom)
July - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I3Q
First half - ?? - ?? - Luojia-1 (02)
October - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M19; Beidou-3M20
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M21; Beidou-3M22
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - TH Tianhe Space Station Core Module (or 2019)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-2 Tianzhou-2
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3F Fengyun-3F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2C Haiyang-2C
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3A Haiyang-3A
?? - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-5

2020

February - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G2Q
April - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M23; Beidou-3M24
June - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G3Q
August - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter / Small Rover
September - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-6
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-12 Shenzhou-12
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-13 Shenzhou-13
NET - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-6 (Sample return) (or 2023)
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - WT Wentian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - New generation manned spacecraft first ship
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3 Fengyun-3RM-1
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4C Fengyun-4C
?? - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Palapa-N1
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2E
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3B Haiyang-3B
?? -?? - ?? - ZX-?? Zhongxing-?? (full electric propulsion satellite)
?? - ?? - ?? - Two Meter Space Telescope
?? - ?? - ?? - Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM)

2021

?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3G Fengyun-3G
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4M Fengyun-4M
?? - CZ-2C - XSLC - SVOM (Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-3 Tianzhou-3

2022

?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - XT Xuntian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Near-Earth Asteroid Multi-Target Detection
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-4 Tianzhou-4
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2G

2023

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Lander and Rover
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2H
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4D Fengyun-4D
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-3RM2 Fengyun-3RM2
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3C Haiyang-3C

2024

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Sun Fixed Point Observation
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Venus Exploration Orbiter
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3D Haiyang-3D

2025

?? -?? - ?? - Proposed Moon Landing
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Main-Belt Asteroid (Ceres) Sample Return
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - South Pole Landing & Cruise

2027

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Solar Polar Orbit Observer
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - North Pole Landing & isru
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4E Fengyun-4E

2028

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Jupiter Orbiter

2030

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4F Fengyun-4F

2033

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4G Fengyun-4G

Undefined

TBD - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - CongoSat-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Small Military Meteorological Satellite (x6)

Statistics:

Orbital launches from Chinese launch centers - 263 (Jiuquan - 94, Xichang - 102, Taiyuan - 64, Wenchang - 3)

June 15
June 19
June 23
June 29
June 30
« Last Edit: 06/30/2017 10:58 AM by Satori »

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1501 on: 06/19/2017 03:11 PM »
There are rumors that there will be a sat launch out of Taiyuan "very soon", probably before CZ-5/SJ-18. No idea what's flying at all.  :-X

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1502 on: 06/23/2017 11:40 AM »
AFAIU VRSS-2 launch has been delayed to end 2017
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1503 on: 07/01/2017 03:23 PM »
After tomorrow's flight, 8 CZ-5 series flights have been confirmed by the state media:

- Chang'e 5 and 6
- 2020 Mars orbiter/lander/rover mission
- 2 CZ-5B test flights in the 2018-19 timeframe, followed by the 3 space station modules

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1504 on: 07/02/2017 01:19 PM »
China launches in 2017 (times in UTC)

01 - January 5 (15:18:04.043) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y39) - XSLC, LC2 - TJSW-2
02 - January 9 (04:11:12.026) - KZ-1A (Y1) - JSLC - Lingqiao-1 (3) 'Jilin Linye-1'; Xingyun Shiyan-1; Kaidun-1 'Caton-1'
03 - March 2 (23:53) - KT-2 - JSLC - Tiankun-1
04 - April 12 (11:04:04.133) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y43) - XSLC, LC2 - SJ-13 Shijian-13 (ZX-16 Zhongxing-16 / 'Chinasat-16')
05 - April 20 (11:41:35.361) - CZ-7 (Y2) - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-1 Tianzhou-1: Silu-1 (Silk Road-1)
06 - June 15 (03:00) - CZ-4B (Y31) - JSLC, LC43/603 - 'Huiyan' Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT); Zhuai-1A; Zuhai-1B; —uSat-3 "Milanesat"
07 - June 18 (16:11) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - ZX-9A Zhongxing-9A (Partial Launch Failure; satellite in wrong orbit)]
08 - July 2 (11:23:23.425) - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - SJ-18 Shijian-18 (Launch Failure)

China launch schedule


2017

September 6 End of year - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - VRSS-2 'Antonio Josť de Sucre'
September 15 - CZ-11 - JSLC - Xiaoxiang-2 / 5 (TY-2 Tianyi-2; TY-3 Tianyi-3; TY-4 Tianyi-4; TY-5 Tianyi-5)
September (TBD) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-6C Zhongxing-6C
September (??) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M3; Beidou-3M4
September - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - GF-5 Gaofen-5
September - CZ-4C (Y21) - TSLC, LC9 - FY-3D Fengyun-3D; Head-1
September (??) (or August 16) - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - ZH-1 Zangheng-1 (ESEM Experimental Satellite on Electromagnetism Monitoring); Fengmaniu-1 (CubeSat-3U); Shaonian Xing (MiniStar); —uSat-4; —uSat-5; GomX-4A (Ulloriaq); GomX-4B and others
November - CZ-11 - Jilin (x2), Huaian, QTTWZ , Kepler (CubeSat-3U)
December - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GJ-3 GaoJing-3, GJ-4 Gaojing-4
End of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - Alcomsat-1
End of year - ?? - ?? - LJ-1 Luojia-1
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-6 Gaofen-6
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - SaudiSAT-5B
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-2 Jilin-2
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-3 Jilin-3
?? - CZ-2C (Y29) - XSLC, LC3 - ??
?? October - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M5; Beidou-3M6
?? December - CZ-3C - XSLC - Beidou-2G8
?? December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M7; Beidou-3M8
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M1; Beidou-3M2
?? - CZ-11 - XSLC - Jilin
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - Yijian Duoxing
?? - CZ-3A - XSLC, LC3 - FY-2H Fengyun-2H
?? August - CZ-6 - TSLC, LC-16 - Jilin 1-04 (Lingqiao 1-04), Jilin 1-05 (Lingqiao 1-05), Jilin 1-06 (Lingqiao 1-06)[/color]
?? - CZ-6A - TSLC, LC16 - ?? (or JSLC - 2017 to 2020)
?? - CZ-2? - TSLC, LC9 - CAS-2A1; CAS-2A2
?? - LS-1 - ?? - LandSpace-1
?? - ?? - ?? - ZDPS-3 Zheda Pixing-3
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-31 Yaogan Weixing-31
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-32 Yaogan Weixing-32
?? - ?? - ?? - Huaizong-1

2018

February 20 - ?? - JSLC - Taurus-1
February - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M9; Beidou-3M10
March 15 - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - APStar-6C
March - LS-1 (?) - WSLC - GomSpace
March - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M11; Beidou-3M12
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early / Mid - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - SupremeSAT-II
May - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M13; Beidou-3M14
June - CZ-2C - ?? - CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography SATellite)
June - CZ-4C - XSLC - Chang'e-4 relay sat; DSLWP-A1/A2
June - CZ-2C/SMA - JSLC, LC43/603 (or TSLC, LC9) - Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1)
August - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-2I7
August - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - OKW-2
September - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M15; Beidou-3M16
October - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G1Q
December - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - CBERS-4A
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M17; Beidou-3M18
Late - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Chang'e-4 lunar probe and rover
End - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-7 Gaofen-7
End - CZ-3B - XSLC - Apstar-6D (or first quarter of 2019)
End - CZ-8 - WSLC (?) - ??
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - LOVEcho
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC - Fengtai Shaonian-02
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - OKW-1
?? - CZ-3C - XSLC - TL-2 Tianlian-2
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4B Fengyun-4B
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - ZY-3 Ziyuan-3 (3)
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3E Fengyun-3E
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1C Haiyang-1C
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1D Haiyang-1D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2B Haiyang-2B
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - ?? - ?? - Deep Space Solar Observatory
?? - ?? - ?? - EgyptSat 2
?? - ?? - ?? - Shenzhen-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1

2019

February - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I1Q
Early - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-18 Zhongxing-18
April - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - LSTSAT-1 (was Nicasat-1)
April - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I2Q
Middle of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - TCSTAR-1 (Thaicom)
July - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I3Q
First half - ?? - ?? - Luojia-1 (02)
October - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M19; Beidou-3M20
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M21; Beidou-3M22
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - Test flight
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-5 (Sample return)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-2 Tianzhou-2
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3F Fengyun-3F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2C Haiyang-2C
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3A Haiyang-3A
?? - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-5

2020

February - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G2Q
April - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M23; Beidou-3M24
June - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G3Q
August - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter / Small Rover
September - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-6
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-12 Shenzhou-12
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-13 Shenzhou-13
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-6 (Sample return) (or 2023)
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - WT Wentian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - New generation manned spacecraft first ship
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3 Fengyun-3RM-1
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4C Fengyun-4C
?? - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Palapa-N1
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2E
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3B Haiyang-3B
?? -?? - ?? - ZX-?? Zhongxing-?? (full electric propulsion satellite)
?? - ?? - ?? - Two Meter Space Telescope
?? - ?? - ?? - Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM)

2021

?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3G Fengyun-3G
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4M Fengyun-4M
?? - CZ-2C - XSLC - SVOM (Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-3 Tianzhou-3

2022

?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - XT Xuntian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Near-Earth Asteroid Multi-Target Detection
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-4 Tianzhou-4
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2G

2023

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Lander and Rover
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2H
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4D Fengyun-4D
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-3RM2 Fengyun-3RM2
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3C Haiyang-3C

2024

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Sun Fixed Point Observation
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Venus Exploration Orbiter
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3D Haiyang-3D

2025

?? -?? - ?? - Proposed Moon Landing
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Main-Belt Asteroid (Ceres) Sample Return
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - South Pole Landing & Cruise

2027

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Solar Polar Orbit Observer
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - North Pole Landing & isru
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4E Fengyun-4E

2028

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Jupiter Orbiter

2030

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4F Fengyun-4F

2033

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4G Fengyun-4G

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TBD - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - CongoSat-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Small Military Meteorological Satellite (x6)

Statistics:

Orbital launches from Chinese launch centers - 264 (Jiuquan - 95, Xichang - 102, Taiyuan - 64, Wenchang - 4)

July 2
July 10
July 21
August 2
August 2
August 7
August 8
August 9
August 23
August 29
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1505 on: 08/07/2017 06:32 AM »
Sucre (VRSS-2) launch now planned for September 6 (source)

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1506 on: 08/19/2017 07:40 PM »
Where is Tianhe (station core) in the newest schedule?

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1507 on: 08/20/2017 08:38 AM »
Where is Tianhe (station core) in the newest schedule?

This link shows that it is due for launch in 2019: https://www.chinaspaceflight.com/China-Launch-Schedule.html

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1508 on: 08/25/2017 07:15 PM »
Thinking about annual Chinese launch rates, cross-posting from the Formosat-5 launch discussion thread:

SpaceX's great year continues, looking good to have the most launches of any launch provider globally this year.

China expects about 30 launches.

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Q:  How many launches are you planning for this year?

A:  Around 30; China has a lot of domestic launch needs. [my bold] For example, the Beidou navigation constellation is still at the deployment stage to become a global system by 2020. Also, there are some Chinese domestic programs for Earth observation, weather satellites, and also human exploration and deep space exploration programs. All these areas are requiring a significant number of launches. Last year we were on par with the U.S. for 22 launches. I think this year we might be No. 1 in terms of launches. (Editorís note: this interview was conducted before the July 2 failure of Chinaís Long March 5 rocket.)[my bold]

http://spacenews.com/back-to-back-commercial-satellite-wins-leave-china-great-wall-hungry-for-more/

They have had eight (one failed) so far this year, so yeah... no.

In 2015 at this point, China Great Wall had only three launches.  Went on to launch 19 for the year.

24 is still well short of 30 (although more than SpaceX will do).

We'll see.

NSF experts, please correct me if I'm wrong...

Generally, Chinese orbital launches are more plentiful in the last half of the chronological year than in the first half.

Launch campaigns schedule around Chinese New Year.  (Chinese New Year falls on the New Moon between January 21 and February 20.)

The Chinese rocket engineers would appear to be in several stages of recovery from four different partial or full launch failures of four launch vehicles:
CZ-4C         failure, Aug. 31, 2016
CZ-2D         partial launch failure, Dec. 28, 2016
CZ-3B/G2    partial launch failure, June 18, 2017
CZ-5           failure, July 2, 2017

That's 4 different returns-to-flight to accomplish.  Getting from 8 launches thus far this year, to (around) 30, in 4 months, seems extremely ambitious.

Do you think that they'll make this goal?  Or even get anywhere close to it?

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1509 on: 08/25/2017 08:12 PM »
Thinking about annual Chinese launch rates, cross-posting from the Formosat-5 launch discussion thread:

SpaceX's great year continues, looking good to have the most launches of any launch provider globally this year.

China expects about 30 launches.

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Q:  How many launches are you planning for this year?

A:  Around 30; China has a lot of domestic launch needs. [my bold] For example, the Beidou navigation constellation is still at the deployment stage to become a global system by 2020. Also, there are some Chinese domestic programs for Earth observation, weather satellites, and also human exploration and deep space exploration programs. All these areas are requiring a significant number of launches. Last year we were on par with the U.S. for 22 launches. I think this year we might be No. 1 in terms of launches. (Editorís note: this interview was conducted before the July 2 failure of Chinaís Long March 5 rocket.)[my bold]

http://spacenews.com/back-to-back-commercial-satellite-wins-leave-china-great-wall-hungry-for-more/

They have had eight (one failed) so far this year, so yeah... no.

In 2015 at this point, China Great Wall had only three launches.  Went on to launch 19 for the year.

24 is still well short of 30 (although more than SpaceX will do).

We'll see.

NSF experts, please correct me if I'm wrong...

Generally, Chinese orbital launches are more plentiful in the last half of the chronological year than in the first half.

Launch campaigns schedule around Chinese New Year.  (Chinese New Year falls on the New Moon between January 21 and February 20.)

The Chinese rocket engineers would appear to be in several stages of recovery from four different partial or full launch failures of four launch vehicles:
CZ-4C         failure, Aug. 31, 2016
CZ-2D         partial launch failure, Dec. 28, 2016
CZ-3B/G2    partial launch failure, June 18, 2017
CZ-5           failure, July 2, 2017

That's 4 different returns-to-flight to accomplish.  Getting from 8 launches thus far this year, to (around) 30, in 4 months, seems extremely ambitious.

Do you think that they'll make this goal?  Or even get anywhere close to it?

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I would bet the number of successful Chinese launches in 2017 will not exceed 10 (or 15 at most)... The Chinese Aerospace industry is currently in chaos...
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1510 on: 08/26/2017 01:31 PM »
...

Generally, Chinese orbital launches are more plentiful in the last half of the chronological year than in the first half.

...

Yes, and in numbers it looks even more biased to the end of year, the attached graph shows launches by calendar month for three Chinese launch sites.
So that typically China makes half (or even more) of its launches during the last four months of the year.

My guess on the reason - the climate:
Jiuquan and Taiyuan are located in *Inner Mongolia Desert* region which has very rough winter. The prominent feature is VERY high contrast in day-night temperatures, up to 30 įC. Yes, the temperature can be in plus at noon, and then it drops below minus 25įC after midnight. This creates a lot of problems for assembly of large aluminum things like rockets, also it makes difficult to handle some liquids and (especially) compressed gases.
That's why (as I understand it) we do not see many (any) launches in Jan-Feb from Jiuquan and Taiyuan.

With respect to this year, one would expect 8-10 more Chinese launches in Sept-Dec - based on these historical patterns only.
However, this was difficult year for Chinese space industry with several failures, therefore I'd guess the actual year total will be lower.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1511 on: 08/26/2017 02:04 PM »
...

Generally, Chinese orbital launches are more plentiful in the last half of the chronological year than in the first half.

...

Yes, and in numbers it looks even more biased to the end of year, the attached graph shows launches by calendar month for three Chinese launch sites.
So that typically China makes half (or even more) of its launches during the last four months of the year.

My guess on the reason - the climate:
Jiuquan and Taiyuan are located in *Inner Mongolia Desert* region which has very rough winter. The prominent feature is VERY high contrast in day-night temperatures, up to 30 įC. Yes, the temperature can be in plus at noon, and then it drops below minus 25įC after midnight. This creates a lot of problems for assembly of large aluminum things like rockets, also it makes difficult to handle some liquids and (especially) compressed gases.
That's why (as I understand it) we do not see many (any) launches in Jan-Feb from Jiuquan and Taiyuan.

With respect to this year, one would expect 8-10 more Chinese launches in Sept-Dec - based on these historical patterns only.
However, this was difficult year for Chinese space industry with several failures, therefore I'd guess the actual year total will be lower.
1. The Chinese New Year holiday is always in Jan/Feb.
2. In the first half of the year, the climate in the South Pacific was sometimes very rough which restricted the activity of Yuanwang fleet.
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1512 on: 08/31/2017 02:47 PM »
China launches in 2017 (times in UTC)

01 - January 5 (15:18:04.043) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y39) - XSLC, LC2 - TJSW-2
02 - January 9 (04:11:12.026) - KZ-1A (Y1) - JSLC - Lingqiao-1 (3) 'Jilin Linye-1'; Xingyun Shiyan-1; Kaidun-1 'Caton-1'
03 - March 2 (23:53) - KT-2 - JSLC - Tiankun-1
04 - April 12 (11:04:04.133) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y43) - XSLC, LC2 - SJ-13 Shijian-13 (ZX-16 Zhongxing-16 / 'Chinasat-16')
05 - April 20 (11:41:35.361) - CZ-7 (Y2) - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-1 Tianzhou-1: Silu-1 (Silk Road-1)
06 - June 15 (03:00) - CZ-4B (Y31) - JSLC, LC43/603 - 'Huiyan' Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT); Zhuai-1A; Zuhai-1B; —uSat-3 "Milanesat"
07 - June 18 (16:11) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - ZX-9A Zhongxing-9A (Partial Launch Failure; satellite in wrong orbit)
08 - July 2 (11:23:23.425) - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - SJ-18 Shijian-18 (Launch Failure)

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2017

September 29 (?) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-6C Zhongxing-6C
October 9 (?) September 6 (?) - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - VRSS-2 'Antonio Josť de Sucre'
November September (TBD) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M1; Beidou-3M2
November - CZ-11 - Jilin (x2), Huaian, QTTWZ , Kepler (CubeSat-3U)
End of year September 29 - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M3; Beidou-3M4 (or November)
End of year - ?? - ?? - LJ-1 Luojia-1
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-6 Gaofen-6
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - SaudiSAT-5B
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-2 Jilin-2
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-3 Jilin-3
?? September 6 (?) - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - VRSS-2 'Antonio Josť de Sucre'
?? September (?) - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - ZH-1 Zangheng-1 (ESEM Experimental Satellite on Electromagnetism Monitoring); Fengmaniu-1 (CubeSat-3U); Shaonian Xing (MiniStar); —uSat-4; —uSat-5; GomX-4A (Ulloriaq); GomX-4B and others
?? December - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GJ-3 GaoJing-3, GJ-4 Gaojing-4
?? September 15 - CZ-11 - JSLC - Xiaoxiang-2 / 5 (TY-2 Tianyi-2; TY-3 Tianyi-3; TY-4 Tianyi-4; TY-5 Tianyi-5)
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - Yijian Duoxing
?? - CZ-2C (Y29) - XSLC, LC3 - ??
?? End of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - Alcomsat-1
?? - CZ-3A - XSLC, LC3 - FY-2H Fengyun-2H
?? - CZ-6 - TSLC, LC-16 - Jilin 1-04 (Lingqiao 1-04), Jilin 1-05 (Lingqiao 1-05), Jilin 1-06 (Lingqiao 1-06)
?? - CZ-6A - TSLC, LC16 - ?? (or JSLC - 2017 to 2020)
?? - CZ-2? - TSLC, LC9 - CAS-2A1; CAS-2A2
?? September - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - GF-5 Gaofen-5
?? September - CZ-4C (Y21) - TSLC, LC9 - FY-3D Fengyun-3D; Head-1
?? - LS-1 - ?? - LandSpace-1
?? - ?? - ?? - ZDPS-3 Zheda Pixing-3
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-31 Yaogan Weixing-31
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-32 Yaogan Weixing-32
?? - ?? - ?? - Huaizong-1

2018

February 20 - ?? - JSLC - Taurus-1
February - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M9; Beidou-3M10
March 15 - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - APStar-6C
March - LS-1 (?) - WSLC - GomSpace
March - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M11; Beidou-3M12
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early / Mid - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - SupremeSAT-II
May - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M13; Beidou-3M14
June - CZ-2C - ?? - CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography SATellite)
June - CZ-4C - XSLC - Chang'e-4 relay sat; DSLWP-A1/A2
June - CZ-2C/SMA - JSLC, LC43/603 (or TSLC, LC9) - Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1)
June - ?? - ?? - Tianzhi-1
Second Quarter (?) - CZ-5 (Y3) - WSLC, LC101 - Shijian-18 (2)
August - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-2I7
August - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - OKW-2
September - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M15; Beidou-3M16
October - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G1Q
December - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - CBERS-4A
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M17; Beidou-3M18
Late - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Chang'e-4 lunar probe and rover
End - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-7 Gaofen-7
End - CZ-3B - XSLC - Apstar-6D (or first quarter of 2019)
End - CZ-8 - WSLC (?) - ??
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - LOVEcho
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC - Fengtai Shaonian-02
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - OKW-1
?? - CZ-3C - XSLC - TL-2 Tianlian-2
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4B Fengyun-4B
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M5; Beidou-3M6
?? - CZ-3C - XSLC - Beidou-2G8
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M7; Beidou-3M8
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - ZY-3 Ziyuan-3 (3)
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3E Fengyun-3E
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1C Haiyang-1C
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1D Haiyang-1D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2B Haiyang-2B
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - ?? - ?? - Deep Space Solar Observatory
?? - ?? - ?? - EgyptSat 2
?? - ?? - ?? - Shenzhen-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1

2019

February - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I1Q
Early - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-18 Zhongxing-18
April - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - LSTSAT-1 (was Nicasat-1)
April - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I2Q
Middle of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - TCSTAR-1 (Thaicom)
July - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I3Q
First half - ?? - ?? - Luojia-1 (02)
October - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M19; Beidou-3M20
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M21; Beidou-3M22
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - Tianhui-1
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - Test flight
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-5 (Sample return)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-2 Tianzhou-2
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3F Fengyun-3F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2C Haiyang-2C
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3A Haiyang-3A
?? - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-5

2020

February - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G2Q
April - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M23; Beidou-3M24
June - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G3Q
August - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter / Small Rover
September - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-6
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-12 Shenzhou-12
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-13 Shenzhou-13
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-6 (Sample return) (or 2023)
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - WT Wentian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - New generation manned spacecraft first ship
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3 Fengyun-3RM-1
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4C Fengyun-4C
?? - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Palapa-N1
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2E
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3B Haiyang-3B
?? -?? - ?? - ZX-?? Zhongxing-?? (full electric propulsion satellite)
?? - ?? - ?? - Two Meter Space Telescope
?? - ?? - ?? - Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM)

2021

?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3G Fengyun-3G
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4M Fengyun-4M
?? - CZ-2C - XSLC - SVOM (Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-3 Tianzhou-3

2022

?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - XT Xuntian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Near-Earth Asteroid Multi-Target Detection
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-4 Tianzhou-4
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2G

2023

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Lander and Rover
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2H
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4D Fengyun-4D
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-3RM2 Fengyun-3RM2
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3C Haiyang-3C

2024

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Sun Fixed Point Observation
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Venus Exploration Orbiter
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3D Haiyang-3D

2025

?? -?? - ?? - Proposed Moon Landing
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Main-Belt Asteroid (Ceres) Sample Return
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - South Pole Landing & Cruise

2027

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Solar Polar Orbit Observer
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - North Pole Landing & isru
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4E Fengyun-4E

2028

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Jupiter Orbiter

2030

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4F Fengyun-4F

2033

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4G Fengyun-4G

Undefined

TBD - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - CongoSat-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Small Military Meteorological Satellite (x6)

Statistics:

Orbital launches from Chinese launch centers - 264 (Jiuquan - 95, Xichang - 102, Taiyuan - 64, Wenchang - 4)

August 31
September 4
September 6
September 14
September 14
September 17
September 18
September 20
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1513 on: 08/31/2017 02:56 PM »
You seem to have omitted Tianhui 1 in 2019, CZ-5B from Wenchang.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1514 on: 09/07/2017 12:33 PM »
A local travel agency reported that Xichang's plan to launch a rocket on 29th night. I'm not sure if this will be a BeiDou-3 mission
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/MT48TgNxSf8FdbivgRK9ag
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1515 on: 09/16/2017 02:04 PM »
There are two more BD-3 launches left this year
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-09/16/c_1121674165.htm
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1516 on: 09/16/2017 02:29 PM »
Earlier this month, a post in the Baidu Tieba claimed CZ-5 Y3 will launch with SJ-18 02 in Q2 2018, but the post is deleted now
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1517 on: 09/16/2017 07:36 PM »
Earlier this month, a post in the Baidu Tieba claimed CZ-5 Y3 will launch with SJ-18 02 in Q2 2018, but the post is deleted now

I'll assume the info has some credibility.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1518 on: 09/20/2017 02:22 AM »
China launch schedule

2017

September 29 - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M1; Beidou-3M2 (or November)

?? September (TBD) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-6C Zhongxing-6C

August 31
September 4
September 6
September 14
September 14
September 17
September 18

And
Well with the BDS launch being ruled out for the next launch out of Xichang (which, per people now selling launch day post covers, is indeed coming soon), it seems that the payload on board might be ChinaSat-6C instead, though even those people on Chinese forums can only speculate.  :-X

Question 1
Are the CZ-3B's with differing upper stages distinguishable by visual inspection?

Or, to state more clearly:
If someone saw the next LV on the pad, or images were shared of the LV on the pad, could the upper stage be deduced, and therefore determine the payload?

Question 2
Could two launch campaigns be prosecuted simultaneously on the two available pads at Xichang?
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« Reply #1519 on: 09/20/2017 03:55 AM »
China launch schedule

2017

September 29 - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M1; Beidou-3M2 (or November)

?? September (TBD) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-6C Zhongxing-6C

August 31
September 4
September 6
September 14
September 14
September 17
September 18

And
Well with the BDS launch being ruled out for the next launch out of Xichang (which, per people now selling launch day post covers, is indeed coming soon), it seems that the payload on board might be ChinaSat-6C instead, though even those people on Chinese forums can only speculate.  :-X

Question 1
Are the CZ-3B's with differing upper stages distinguishable by visual inspection?

Or, to state more clearly:
If someone saw the next LV on the pad, or images were shared of the LV on the pad, could the upper stage be deduced, and therefore determine the payload?

Question 2
Could two launch campaigns be prosecuted simultaneously on the two available pads at Xichang?
1. I don't think so
2. It couldn't be done. The minimum launch interval of two pads is 17 days
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