Author Topic: FAILURE: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017 (11:23 UTC)  (Read 54293 times)

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Hmm, I can't find a thread for the 2nd flight of the CZ-5 so here it is.
The ships transporting the rocket stages of CZ-5 s/n Y2 (Yuan Wang 21/22) has departed Tianjin port earlier today for Hainan Island.

SJ-18 will be the 1st Chinese comsat using their big DFH-5 satellite bus - their heaviest ever. With a quoted mass of at least 7 tonnes (one other source says about 8 tonnes and another up to 10 (!)), there's a decent chance that it will break the record for the heaviest geostationary communication satellite.
« Last Edit: 07/02/2017 12:25 PM by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - June 2017
« Reply #1 on: 04/24/2017 05:45 PM »
LIPS-300 ion engines, too - more powerful versions of the ones on Shijian-13.

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - June 2017
« Reply #2 on: 04/30/2017 07:04 AM »
China's  CZ-5 (Y2)  rocket arrived safely in Hainan, Wenchang
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - June 2017
« Reply #3 on: 04/30/2017 10:58 AM »
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Components of China's 2nd Long March 5 rocket arrived at port at Wenchang today. Will launch heaviest satellite yet, Shijian-18, in June.

https://twitter.com/aj_fi/status/858635271314845696

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - June 2017
« Reply #4 on: 05/31/2017 03:14 AM »
Rumors are currently pointing to a June 30 launch date.  ;)
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - June 2017
« Reply #5 on: 06/07/2017 01:03 PM »
Rumors are currently pointing to a June 30 launch date.  ;)

According to CNSA's Xu Yiansong (speaking at GLEX 2017), the launch is now scheduled on July 2.
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Looks like they are holding the launch date as the rocket has been rolled out to the launch pad just an hour ago.  ;)

Pictures to be posted later.
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #7 on: 06/26/2017 10:54 AM »
"SJ-18" Lonch March 5 begins a transition.
https://twitter.com/cnspaceflight/status/879134302390198274

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #8 on: 06/26/2017 02:22 PM »
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LM-5 which will be launched from the WSLC with Shijian-18 next Month completed its transportation to launch site just now.

https://twitter.com/cgwic/status/879341816478392320

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A few more photos of the roll-out from various sources (unfortunately all are low-res):
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #10 on: 06/26/2017 04:53 PM »
Here are some photos and screenshots of the CZ-5 during final assembly and stacking collected by this Chinese forum thread:
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #11 on: 06/26/2017 04:55 PM »
....and what I believe to be the real thing of SJ-18:
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #12 on: 06/27/2017 02:06 PM »
Some nice pictures taken by a Rocket fan
Launch Land Relaunch

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #13 on: 06/28/2017 01:15 PM »
Some more
Launch Land Relaunch

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #14 on: 06/29/2017 04:45 AM »
Launch time around 03:20 UTC

A1664/17
-  A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED WITHIN A CIRCLE CENTERED AT N1937E11057 WITH RADIUS OF 25KM, VERTICAL LIMITS: GND-UNL. GND - UNL, 02 JUL 03:13 2017 UNTIL 02 JUL 08:11 2017. CREATED: 29 JUN 03:03 2017

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #15 on: 06/29/2017 06:07 AM »
Launch time around 03:20 UTC

A1664/17
-  A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED WITHIN A CIRCLE CENTERED AT N1937E11057 WITH RADIUS OF 25KM, VERTICAL LIMITS: GND-UNL. GND - UNL, 02 JUL 03:13 2017 UNTIL 02 JUL 08:11 2017. CREATED: 29 JUN 03:03 2017

Seems like they get the time zone conversions all wrong.  ;)


A1667/17 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED WITHIN A CIRCLE
CENTERED AT N1937E11057 WITH RADIUS OF 25KM, VERTICAL LIMITS:
GND-UNL. GND - UNL, 02 JUL 11:13 2017 UNTIL 02 JUL 16:11 2017. CREATED: 29 JUN
05:34 2017

11:20 UTC sounds right since previous rumors were for an evening launch.  ;)
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #16 on: 06/29/2017 06:38 AM »
Are there any hints about live coverage of the launch?

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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #17 on: 06/29/2017 07:41 AM »
Are there any hints about live coverage of the launch?

CCTV's news report during the roll out was fairly extensive so I would expect them to at least provide similar coverage as the last three CZ-5/7 launches, if not even more.

Even if they don't cover it, other media organizations/people visiting Wenchang will be able to do coverage freely, and I am sure plenty of links will appear on launch day.
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #18 on: 06/30/2017 06:52 AM »

NOTAM for CZ-5 resp. boosters and fairing debris
B2279/17
-  DUE TO SPACEFLIGHT ACT OF ATM BUREAU OF CAAC, THE FLW RNAV RTE SEGMENTS CLSD:
1. N892 BET KABAM AND MUMOT ALTN RTE: POTIB M646 ABVAR DIRECT MAVRA -FL RESTRICTION : N892 LTD TO FL320, FL360 AND FL400 L625 LTD TO FL310, FL350 AND FL390
2. M501 BET MIKIN AND ALDIS ALTN RTE: NOMAN A461 AVMUP DIRECT LAO AND VISE-VERSA
3. N884 BET DADNU AND LEBIX ALTN RTE: CAB B462 LAO DIRECT LEBIX.
02 JUL 11:22 2017 UNTIL 02 JUL 16:26 2017. CREATED: 30 JUN 03:04 2017
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Re: Shijian-18 - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - July 2, 2017
« Reply #19 on: 07/01/2017 11:05 AM »
Fueling of the rocket has already begun at 08:30 UTC today (presumably RP-1 for the boosters): http://www.weibo.com/5386897742/Fao6hfVYo?ref=home&rid=4_0_202_2676189878736606113

Also it mentions that SJ-18 has some kind of Q-band/V-band communication payload on board for testing.
« Last Edit: 07/01/2017 11:06 AM by Galactic Penguin SST »
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