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Second BeiDou launch in 2018.
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Re: BeiDou-3 M5&M6 - CZ-3C/YZ-1 - XSLC - Feb 15 2018
« Reply #1 on: 01/12/2018 07:49 PM »
The next BeiDou launch to watch out.

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Re: BeiDou-3 M5&M6 - CZ-3C/YZ-1 - XSLC - February 15, 2018
« Reply #2 on: 01/13/2018 09:29 AM »
Given:
China launches in 2017 (times in UTC)
<several snips>
09 - September 29 (04:21:05.318) - CZ-2C (Y29) - XSLC, LC3 - YG-30-01 Yaogan Weixing-30-01A, B, C (CX-5 Changxin-5 (1A, 1B, 1C))
11 - November 5 (11:45:04.244) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 (Y46/Y4) - XSLC, LC2 - Beidou-3MEO1 (Beidou-24); Beidou-3MEO2 (Beidou-25)
14 - November 24 (18:10:05.130) - CZ-2C (Y33) - XSLC, LC3 - Yaogan 30-02A, B, C (CX-5 Changxin-5 (2A, 2B, 2C))
16 - December 10 (16:40:04.230) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y40) - XSLC, LC2 - AlComSat-1
18 - December 25 (19:42:05.269) - CZ-2C (Y34) - XSLC, LC3 - YG-30-03 Yaogan Weixing-30-03A, B, C (CX-5 Changxin-5 (3A, 3B, 3C))


December 25
And:
China launches in 2018 (times in UTC)
<snip>
02 - January 11 (23:18:04.616) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 (Y45/Y5) - XSLC (07-82), LC2 - Beidou-3MEO7 'Beidou-26'; Beidou-3MEO8 'Beidou-27'

China launch schedule

2018
<snip>
January 26 29 - CZ-2C - XSLC, LC3 - YG-30-04 Yaogan Weixing-30-04A, B, C (CX-5 Changxin-5 (4A, 4B, 4C))
February 15 (?) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC, LC2 - Beidou-3M5; Beidou-3M6

January 12

And given that successive orbital launches from Xichang can happen as quickly as a 2-3 week interval;

It tracks that, given no other information, such as a satellite or launch vehicle processing delay, this launch can happen on (or near) February 15.

This is one day before Chinese Lunar New Year, which often brings a hiatus to launch activities, due to extensive leave-taking and travel.
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