Author Topic: TJSW-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - January 5, 2017 (15:18 UTC)  (Read 13660 times)

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This photo showing satellite engineers (for both FY-4A and the mysterious sat flying late this month) visiting nearby villages in one of China's poorest regions leaves no doubt as to the identity of the latter satellite.  ;)
« Last Edit: 01/05/2017 03:29 PM by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #1 on: 12/08/2016 02:36 PM »
This photo showing satellite engineers (for both FY-4A and the mysterious sat flying late this month) visiting nearby villages in one of China's poorest regions leaves no doubt as to the identity of the latter satellite.  ;)
A State of XSLC Pads Update:
LC1: LC1 continues to have construction between launches for an unknown reason.
LC2: A CZ-3B family rocket is currently being stacked at LC2 for TJS-2.
LC3: FY-4A's CZ-3B/G2 is fully stacked on LC3.

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #2 on: 12/08/2016 02:37 PM »
This photo showing satellite engineers (for both FY-4A and the mysterious sat flying late this month) visiting nearby villages in one of China's poorest regions leaves no doubt as to the identity of the latter satellite.  ;)
A State of XSLC Pads Update:
LC1: LC1 continues to have construction between launches for an unknown reason.
LC2: A CZ-3B family rocket is currently being stacked at LC2 for TJS-2.
LC3: FY-4A's CZ-3B/G2 is fully stacked on LC3.


Isn't LC3 the new designation for the reconstructed LC1?

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #3 on: 12/08/2016 02:39 PM »
This photo showing satellite engineers (for both FY-4A and the mysterious sat flying late this month) visiting nearby villages in one of China's poorest regions leaves no doubt as to the identity of the latter satellite.  ;)
A State of XSLC Pads Update:
LC1: LC1 continues to have construction between launches for an unknown reason.
LC2: A CZ-3B family rocket is currently being stacked at LC2 for TJS-2.
LC3: FY-4A's CZ-3B/G2 is fully stacked on LC3.


Isn't LC3 the new designation for the reconstructed LC1?
LC3 is right next to LC1. If you go on Google Earth you will find there are three pads roughly in a triangle.

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #4 on: 12/08/2016 02:52 PM »

A State of XSLC Pads Update:
LC1: LC1 continues to have construction between launches for an unknown reason.
LC2: A CZ-3B family rocket is currently being stacked at LC2 for TJS-2.
LC3: FY-4A's CZ-3B/G2 is fully stacked on LC3.


Isn't LC3 the new designation for the reconstructed LC1?
LC3 is right next to LC1. If you go on Google Earth you will find there are three pads roughly in a triangle.

Hm, honestly, i can not spot a third launch pad on Google maps. And our Xichang thread seems to indicate that LC3 is the rebuilt LC1.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=7918.0;all

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #5 on: 12/08/2016 05:10 PM »
This photo showing satellite engineers (for both FY-4A and the mysterious sat flying late this month) visiting nearby villages in one of China's poorest regions leaves no doubt as to the identity of the latter satellite.  ;)
A State of XSLC Pads Update:
LC1: LC1 continues to have construction between launches for an unknown reason.
LC2: A CZ-3B family rocket is currently being stacked at LC2 for TJS-2.
LC3: FY-4A's CZ-3B/G2 is fully stacked on LC3.


Isn't LC3 the new designation for the reconstructed LC1?

Yes.

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #6 on: 12/08/2016 06:40 PM »
My understanding is that Pad 1 was  to be built at a location called Qinggangba about 2 kilometers away from Pad 2 and 3 (see http://www.go-taikonauts.com/images/newsletters_PDF/GoTaikonauts8.pdf and the same was told by the member miom70 in https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=7918.0;all). The pad was originally intended for the Shuguang manned space program but due to the cancelation the pad was never built and I have doubts that the same designation was reused for another pad.

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #7 on: 12/20/2016 06:11 AM »
Expected launch mission codename is "07-76"

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Late December 2016
« Reply #8 on: 12/20/2016 09:09 AM »
Launch schedule for December 30 (Beijing Time).

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - December 30, 2016
« Reply #9 on: 12/23/2016 04:19 AM »
A3265/16 - blue
A3266/16 - yellow
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Speaking of TJS-2, rumors are that SAST is the satellite contractor - which would mean it will be their first geostationary comsat (that is, if it really functions as its public name suggests *ahem*  ;) :-X)
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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - December 30, 2016 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #11 on: 12/29/2016 12:18 PM »
Postponed to January ?
« Last Edit: 12/29/2016 12:19 PM by chewi »

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Postponed to January ?


Well that sure would be an anticlimactic end to 2016.

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - December 30, 2016 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #13 on: 12/29/2016 12:48 PM »
According to 9ifly, this launch has been postponed to 4th Jan
To land a rocket!


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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Jan 4, 2017 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #15 on: 12/29/2016 02:08 PM »
According to 9ifly, this launch has been postponed to 4th Jan
NOTAMs A3265 & 3266 for December 30 are still in place at this time

Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Jan 4, 2017 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #16 on: 12/29/2016 04:26 PM »
Just adds to January Launch Madness at least!
First it was November Nightmare (2013), now it's January Knot.  ~150 payloads for the month (if you throw in the ISS deployments as well)
 ???

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Jan 4, 2017 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #17 on: 12/30/2016 07:44 AM »
According to 9ifly, this launch has been postponed to 4th Jan
NOTAMs A3265 & 3266 for December 30 are still in place at this time

They are still in effect right now - will watch out if the rumors turned out to be incorrect.
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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Jan 4, 2017 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #18 on: 12/30/2016 08:54 AM »
Just adds to January Launch Madness at least!
It appears it will settle down in February

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Re: TJS-2 - CZ-3B - Xichang - Jan 4, 2017 (~15:15 UTC)
« Reply #19 on: 12/30/2016 11:57 AM »
Well this is a fun one. If they do launch today, China takes the lead in the 2016 launch count!