Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover, CZ-3B - Xichang - December 1, 2013  (Read 309375 times)

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LN2 and LOX filling of the third stage should have started at 10:10 and 10:20 UTC respectively. LH2 filling will start at 11:50 UTC.
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Updates should be sparse from me till about 2 hours later as I am outside - feel free to add news reports here while I'm out.  ;)

In the meantime here's the rocket in its full glory:  :)
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Is there any live stream where I can watch the start?
How long it threre left till liftoff?

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Is there any live stream where I can watch the start?
How long it threre left till liftoff?

Liftoff is exactly 6 hours from now. Try http://english.cntv.cn/live/ for live coverage starting at 16:00 UTC (liftoff at 17:30 UTC).
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Is there any live stream where I can watch the start?
How long it threre left till liftoff?

Liftoff is schedule for 1730UTC.

CCTV International (http://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml) should have the live transmission of the launch.

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Has a launch mass been published for Chang'e 3?   Or the mass when on the lunar surface?

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This is now a live coverage thread...

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Has a launch mass been published for Chang'e 3?   Or the mass when on the lunar surface?

I have a launch mass of the lander 1,200 kg and 120 kg for Yutu.
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Has a launch mass been published for Chang'e 3?   Or the mass when on the lunar surface?
Launch mass is said to be 3780 kg.
This message reflects my personal opinion based on open sources of information.

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this paper http://tech.scichina.com:8082/sciE/CN/abstract/abstract412275.shtml includes a nice graph of the mass as a function of time during descent. I am not sure this is applicable to CE3, however, and the initial mass of 2000 kg appears to be just a convenient assumption

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As of 2013.11.30 the three Yuanwang ships were stationed at:

Yuanwang-3: 16.47°N, 141.67°E
Yuanwang-5: 09.44°N, 157.89°E
Yuanwang-6: 02.05°N, 168.44°E
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Nighttime photos....  :D
« Last Edit: 12/01/2013 01:27 PM by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Some pictures of several Chang'e 3 lander/rover n' CZ-3B models on sale - apparently officially recognized by the CLEP so should be very accurate. I'll try to identify the main parts later on.....

(details here)
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Photo taken earlier today...
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So how bad the situation is on lunar in-situ exploration? Well this chart sums it up.....

(graph made by Matt Baker at chartgeek.com)
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30 hr fueling complete in topping off until launch.
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A handy reference of the sizes of various lunar probes. The second graph is a modified version that shows Chang'e 3 at the lower-right hand corner.

(original graph by Richard Kruse of http://historicspacecraft.com/; Chang'e 3 version by pockn at the 9ifly Chinese spaceflight and aviation forums)
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A handy reference of the sizes of various lunar probes.

nice! however, Luna 12 is missing (it was quite different from Luna 10), as well as Hiten and Hagoromo and Ranger Block I was not really a lunar probe
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