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Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #20 on: 09/26/2010 10:45 AM »
Launch preparations at the Xi Chang Satellite Launch Center. Images from here.

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #21 on: 09/26/2010 10:47 AM »
A few more images. Same source as the previous.

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #22 on: 09/26/2010 10:48 AM »
And another one... Nice image of the bottom of the first stage. Same source as the previous.

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #23 on: 09/26/2010 10:57 AM »
Another Chang'e-2 launch simulation took place on September 25.

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #24 on: 09/26/2010 01:08 PM »
Launch is schedule for October 1st, China National Day.
According to preparations for booster debris protection, launch should occur on October 1st "in the night" (I presume this means October 1st between 1200 UTC and 1600 UTC).

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #25 on: 09/26/2010 06:19 PM »
I'm confused about this launch vehicle.  The photos clearly show "CZ-3C" painted on the side, yet at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/index.html Spaceflight Now is describing it as a "Long March 3A"?
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #26 on: 09/26/2010 06:26 PM »
I'm confused about this launch vehicle.  The photos clearly show "CZ-3C" painted on the side, yet at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/index.html Spaceflight Now is describing it as a "Long March 3A"?

Spaceflightnow is wrong.

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #27 on: 09/26/2010 06:36 PM »
Anyone know what its mission plan is going to look like ?
Chang'e-1 took about a month from launch to relay back first pictures. Was its data ever shared outside of CNSA ?

EDIT: actually scratch that previous question, quick query on scholar.google.com shows tons of research being published on the data.
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #28 on: 09/27/2010 12:33 PM »
Here
  they say launch on October 1 "in the afternoon"
  So "at night" and "in the afternoon" would translate in "late afternoon"
Let's say 1100UTC to 1300UTC
  (sunset in Xichang is about 7pm LT)
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #30 on: 09/28/2010 08:22 AM »
According to the 9ifly chinese space forum the launch window is 16:29:57 to 17:04:57. I supose this is local time, so this translates to 0829:57UTC to 0904:57UTC.

Chang'e-2 mission will be 6 months long.
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #31 on: 09/28/2010 05:30 PM »
From China Daily Lunar probe ready for lift-off in October

Damn! Watching the launch and touring the Xi Chang Satellite Launch Center for only $119,00!!!
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #32 on: 09/29/2010 06:01 PM »
According to the 9ifly chinese space forum the launch window is 16:29:57 to 17:04:57. I supose this is local time, so this translates to 0829:57UTC to 0904:57UTC.

Chang'e-2 mission will be 6 months long.

Recent news (see here ) indicates that launch will occure at 18:59:57 local time.

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #33 on: 09/29/2010 10:59 PM »
According to the 9ifly chinese space forum the launch window is 16:29:57 to 17:04:57. I supose this is local time, so this translates to 0829:57UTC to 0904:57UTC.

Chang'e-2 mission will be 6 months long.

Recent news (see here ) indicates that launch will occure at 18:59:57 local time.

Great! Thanks for that info limen4!!!

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #34 on: 09/30/2010 06:14 AM »
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #35 on: 09/30/2010 07:32 AM »
and for the dropped fairing in southern Jiangxi province:
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #36 on: 09/30/2010 08:21 AM »
Is there any live video feed for the launch coverage?

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #37 on: 09/30/2010 09:48 AM »
Is there any live video feed for the launch coverage?

I supose that CCTV will provide a live broadcast of the launch, but until the monent I didn't see any link for a live feed.

The live feed for CCTV(-9) is at http://english.cntv.cn/live/
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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #38 on: 09/30/2010 10:44 AM »
A very nice collection of images related to Chang'e-2 can be seen (and downloaded) at http://slide.news.sina.com.cn/c/slide_1_15699_13288.html#p=1

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Re: Chang'e-2 - China's second lunar probe - October 1st, 2010
« Reply #39 on: 09/30/2010 11:38 AM »
The fuelling of the CZ-3C for the launch of Chang'e-2 has started. Cryogenics will be fuelled tomorrow