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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #40 on: 12/10/2015 07:52 PM »
Another one here at LC-9 photographed on Oct 20:



Year Marked Known
2008 - 2 - 2
2009 - 1 - 1
2010 - 4 - 3 !
2011 - 5 - 4 !
2012 - 6 - 5 !
2013 - 5 - 5
2014 - 6 - 6
2015 - 2 - 2

I believe the plaque did not exist on 14 Nov 2014 but was in place in Dec 2014 with a '27' number in the left upper corner.
« Last Edit: 12/10/2015 08:41 PM by Liss »
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #41 on: 12/14/2015 08:06 PM »

Year Marked Known
2008 - 2 - 2
2009 - 1 - 1
2010 - 4 - 3 !
2011 - 5 - 4 !
2012 - 6 - 5 !
2013 - 5 - 5
2014 - 6 - 6
2015 - 2 - 2


Within the CZ-4B series the Y-numbers 17, 18 and 19 are still missing. At least Y-17 was really produced - it was spotted at SAST in Shanghai in 2011 (see Go Taikonauts  2/2011). Could it be, that all 3 launch vehicles have been used for suborbital launch tests 2010-2012? Are there any suspicious NOTAMS for this time frame?

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #42 on: 11/22/2016 05:46 PM »
It worth also remembering that the 45th launch of CZ-2/CZ-2C in November 2014 was officially announced as 50th CZ-2C launch since 1974. The larger number (50) obviously include the first two WU-14 vehicles and three other unknown suborbital launches

Another one here at LC-9 photographed on Oct 20:

Year Marked Known
2008 - 2 - 2
2009 - 1 - 1
2010 - 4 - 3 !
2011 - 5 - 4 !
2012 - 6 - 5 !

2013 - 5 - 5
2014 - 6 - 6
2015 - 2 - 2

Coincidence? I do not think so. I think that these three unknown launches from LC9 were those unknown suborbital CZ-2C launches.
We see that there are five missing CZ-2C serial numbers right now: Y22, Y29, Y30, Y33, Y34. I think that CZ-2C rockets used for DF-ZF launches from LC7 had the separate numbers beginning from Y1 due to new modification of rocket for new kind of payload. So three unknown CZ-2C rockets used for three suborbital launches from LC9 in 2012-2014 had numbers among these five missing numbers.
For example, three suborbital CZ-2C rockets had numbers Y22, Y29 and Y30. And other two CZ-2C rockets with numbers Y33 and Y34 are preparing for space launches in future.

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #43 on: 01/16/2017 12:38 PM »
Another one here at LC-9 photographed on Oct 20:



Year Marked Known
2008 - 2 - 2
2009 - 1 - 1
2010 - 4 - 3 !
2011 - 5 - 4 !
2012 - 6 - 5 !
2013 - 5 - 5
2014 - 6 - 6
2015 - 2 - 2

I believe the plaque did not exist on 14 Nov 2014 but was in place in Dec 2014 with a '27' number in the left upper corner.


Another image published on 2016 Dec 24 lists four launches in 2015 (all known orbital) and five in 2016 (only three orbital launches by that date).
« Last Edit: 01/16/2017 12:39 PM by Liss »
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