Author Topic: Long March-2C launch with unspecified satellite - XSLC - 2017  (Read 2239 times)

Offline Satori

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12159
  • Braga - Portugal
    • Em Órbita
  • Liked: 322
  • Likes Given: 216
An unspecified satellite will be orbited by the Long March-2C (Y29) rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Launch rumored in May 2017.
« Last Edit: 05/26/2017 09:13 AM by Satori »

Online russianhalo117

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3480
  • AR USA / Berlin, DE / Moscow, RF
  • Liked: 598
  • Likes Given: 389
An unspecified satellite will be orbited by the Long March-2C (Y29) rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Launch rumored in May 2017.
rocket to begin stacking very soon I'm told. No details as to payload and pad but very likely going from LC-3

Online William Graham

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3984
  • Liked: 70
  • Likes Given: 33
I believe this will be the first CZ-2 series launch from Xichang since Shiyan 2, also on a CZ-2C, in November 2004

Online Phillip Clark

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1915
  • Hastings, England
  • Liked: 237
  • Likes Given: 560
I believe this will be the first CZ-2 series launch from Xichang since Shiyan 2, also on a CZ-2C, in November 2004

Did you see my April 4 posting on the Shijian 13 thread?

Online Phillip Clark

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1915
  • Hastings, England
  • Liked: 237
  • Likes Given: 560
Shijian Weixing 2 was the precursor to the Shijian-11 series of SIGINT satellites.   Could the new launch be a Shiyan Weixing that will be a precursor to the next generation SIGINTs?

We have had Shiyan Weixing 7 but not SW 6 yet .......... ?
« Last Edit: 04/13/2017 12:10 AM by Phillip Clark »

Online William Graham

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3984
  • Liked: 70
  • Likes Given: 33
Did you see my April 4 posting on the Shijian 13 thread?

Evidently we think alike.

Assuming no unidentified suborital or failed launches, there have been ten previous CZ-2 launches from Xichang; seven CZ-2E missions between 1990 and 1995 from Pad 2, and three CZ-2Cs in 2003-04. The first CZ-2C - Tan Ce 1 - definitely used the old Pad 3 (http://sci.esa.int/double-star/34513-launch-of-double-star-1/). The other two carried Shiyan 1 and 2 respectively - I do not know which pad they used. Whichever was the last to fly from Pad 3 would have been the final launch from the old pad before it was demolished and rebuilt.

Online Liss

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 889
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Liked: 100
  • Likes Given: 8
The other two carried Shiyan 1 and 2 respectively - I do not know which pad they used. Whichever was the last to fly from Pad 3 would have been the final launch from the old pad before it was demolished and rebuilt.
Both from old Pad 3 which in fact was known then as Pad 1.
This message reflects my personal opinion based on open sources of information.

Online Phillip Clark

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1915
  • Hastings, England
  • Liked: 237
  • Likes Given: 560
I am assuming that there are no further updates/rumours about this possible launch?

Offline Satori

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12159
  • Braga - Portugal
    • Em Órbita
  • Liked: 322
  • Likes Given: 216
I am assuming that there are no further updates/rumours about this possible launch?

The last information says that there are no rockets at the launch towers at the moment.

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

I am assuming that there are no further updates/rumours about this possible launch?

The last information says that there are no rockets at the launch towers at the moment.

CALT did take the rocket out for a (dry) dress rehearsal at the pad between April 14 and April 28 though: http://www.calt.com/n689/c8373/content.html

I really wonder the reasons of flying the 2C from Xichang right now - last time it happened in 2003-4 1 of the launches was to a high EEO and the 2 polar orbit launches were at a period where I believe they had no other active pad that can be used (Taiyuan was out for maintenance and Jiuquan's new satellite pad was only coming online around that period). Either the payload's going to a high orbit (or a low inclination LEO), or the pads at other sites are booked full/out for reconstruction/maintenance......  ::)
« Last Edit: 05/15/2017 03:43 PM by Galactic Penguin SST »
Chinese spaceflight is a cosmic riddle wrapped in a galactic mystery inside an orbital enigma... - (not) Winston Churchill

Offline Dalhousie

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2044
  • Liked: 248
  • Likes Given: 294
I am assuming that there are no further updates/rumours about this possible launch?

The last information says that there are no rockets at the launch towers at the moment.

CALT did take the rocket out for a (dry) dress rehearsal at the pad between April 14 and April 28 though: http://www.calt.com/n689/c8373/content.html

I really wonder the reasons of flying the 2C from Xichang right now - last time it happened in 2003-4 1 of the launches was to a high EEO and the 2 polar orbit launches were at a period where I believe they had no other active pad that can be used (Taiyuan was out for maintenance and Jiuquan's new satellite pad was only coming online around that period). Either the payload's going to a high orbit (or a low inclination LEO), or the pads at other sites are booked full/out for reconstruction/maintenance......  ::)

Why the eye roll?
"There is nobody who is a bigger fan of sending robots to Mars than me... But I believe firmly that the best, the most comprehensive, the most successful exploration will be done by humans" Steve Squyres

Online russianhalo117

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3480
  • AR USA / Berlin, DE / Moscow, RF
  • Liked: 598
  • Likes Given: 389
BUMP:
LC3 is still configured for CZ-2C launches/testing at this time so next CZ-3 family launch likely to fly from LC-2 again. A CZ-2C launcher (training or flight version unknown) is still present at XSLC.
« Last Edit: 06/23/2017 07:32 PM by russianhalo117 »

Tags: