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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1560 on: 11/27/2017 09:06 PM »

China launch schedule

2017

December - CZ-2C, LC3 - XSLC - CX-5 Chuangxin-5 (?)
December - CZ-2C - XSLC, LC3 - YG-30-03 Yaogan Weixing-30-03 (3 sats) (or beginning 2018)

Chuangxin-5 (CX-5, 创新5号) is another name for the Yaogan-30 series as given by its manufacturer (Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites) 
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1561 on: 11/27/2017 09:39 PM »
December 11 - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - Alcomsat-1
[..]
December November (?) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC, LC2 - Beidou-3MEO3; Beidou-3MEO4

If the Beidou launch is slipping into December, will Alcomsat be able to hold that date? I seem to recall the minimum pad turnaround at Xichang is 2-3 weeks, unless that has decreased in the last few years.

The rumors that I have seen put the BDS launch in late December, after Alcomsat.
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1562 on: 12/03/2017 09:05 AM »
TSLC launch crew can have a vacation in December(no orbital launch), according to a man works for changguang
https://weibo.cn/comment/FxFFxgSSy?uid=1488228740&rl=0#cmtfrm
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1563 on: 12/03/2017 09:13 AM »
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1564 on: 12/03/2017 11:27 AM »
Wow, I just found LKW2 would be launched on 23th, source: http://www.spaceflightfans.cn/event/long-march-2d-rocket-launch-land-resource-exploration-satellite-two?instance_id=1048

This seems to be just a guess base on the extra 2 NOTAMs released at the same time as that for the launch today.
I personally think this is just posted in error (exactly the same as that of today's launch except that the date reads 23 instead of 03; and I have never seen such notices from the Chinese posted so early in advance), so let's see if they will be retracted later.  ;)
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1565 on: 12/04/2017 05:09 AM »
Wow, I just found LKW2 would be launched on 23th, source: http://www.spaceflightfans.cn/event/long-march-2d-rocket-launch-land-resource-exploration-satellite-two?instance_id=1048

This seems to be just a guess base on the extra 2 NOTAMs released at the same time as that for the launch today.
I personally think this is just posted in error (exactly the same as that of today's launch except that the date reads 23 instead of 03; and I have never seen such notices from the Chinese posted so early in advance), so let's see if they will be retracted later.  ;)
That 2 NOTAMs still exist
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1566 on: 12/04/2017 11:58 AM »
China launches in 2017 (times in UTC)

01 - January 5 (15:18:04.043) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y39) - XSLC, LC2 - TJSW-2
02 - January 9 (04:11:12.026) - KZ-1A (Y1) - JSLC - Lingqiao-1 (3) 'Jilin Linye-1'; Xingyun Shiyan-1; Kaidun-1 'Caton-1'
03 - March 2 (23:53) - KT-2 - JSLC - Tiankun-1
04 - April 12 (11:04:04.133) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y43) - XSLC, LC2 - SJ-13 Shijian-13 (ZX-16 Zhongxing-16 / 'Chinasat-16')
05 - April 20 (11:41:35.361) - CZ-7 (Y2) - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-1 Tianzhou-1: Silu-1 (Silk Road-1)
06 - June 15 (03:00) - CZ-4B (Y31) - JSLC, LC43/603 - 'Huiyan' Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT); Zhuai-1A; Zuhai-1B; —uSat-3 "Milanesat"
07 - June 18 (16:11) - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC, LC2 - ZX-9A Zhongxing-9A (Partial Launch Failure; satellite in wrong orbit)
08 - July 2 (11:23:23.425) - CZ-5 (Y2) - WSLC, LC101 - SJ-18 Shijian-18 (Launch Failure)
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))
10 - October 9 (04:13:14.451) - CZ-2D (Y30) - JSLC, LC43/603 - VRSS-2 'Antonio Josť de Sucre'
11 - November 5 (11:45:04.244) - CZ-3B/YZ-1 (Y46/Y4) - XSLC, LC2 - Beidou-3MEO1 (Beidou-24); Beidou-3MEO2 (Beidou-25)
12 - November 14 (18:35:54.570) - CZ-4C (Y21) - TSLC, LC9 - FY-3D Fengyun-3D; HEAD-1; Xinyun
13 - November 21 (04:50:13.723) - CZ-6 (Y2) - TSLC, LC-16 - Jilin 1-04 (Lingqiao 1-04), Jilin 1-05 (Lingqiao 1-05), Jilin 1-06 (Lingqiao 1-06)
14 - November 24 (18:10:05.130) - CZ-2C (Y33) - XSLC, LC3 - Yaogan 30-02A, B, C (CX-5 Changxin-5 (2A, 2B, 2C))
15 - December 3 (04:11:14.524) - CZ-2D (Y47) - JSLC, LC43/603 - LKW-1 Ludikancha Weixing-1
16 - December 10 (16:40:04.230) - CZ-3B/G2 (Y40) - XSLC, LC2 - AlComSat-1

China launch schedule


2017

December 23 (04:03) (?) - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - LKW-2 Ludikancha Weixing-2 (?)
December 27 (?) January 21, 2018 - CZ-2C - XSLC, LC3 - YG-30-03 Yaogan Weixing-30-03A, B, C (CX-5 Changxin-5 (3A, 3B, 3C))

2018

January 9 (?) December 25 / 28 - CZ-2D - TSLC, LC9 JSLC, LC43/603 - GJ-3 GaoJing-3, GJ-4 Gaojing-4
January 17 - CZ-11 - JSLC - Dequing-1 (Jilin 1-07), Jilin 1-08, Huaian, Xiaoxiang-2 / 5 (TY-2 Tianyi-2; TY-3 Tianyi-3; TY-4 Tianyi-4; TY-5 Tianyi-5), Quantutong-1 (QTT-1), Kepler (CubeSat-3U)
January December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC, LC2 - Beidou-3MEO3; Beidou-3MEO4 (or January 2018)
February 1 - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - ZH-1 Zhangheng-1 (ESEM Experimental Satellite on Electromagnetism Monitoring); Fengmaniu-1 (CubeSat-3U); Shaonian Xing (MiniStar); —uSat-4; —uSat-5; GomX-4A (Ulloriaq); GomX-4B and others
February 20 - ?? - JSLC - Taurus-1
March 15 - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - APStar-6C
March - CZ-2C/SMA - JSLC, LC43/603 (or TSLC, LC9) - Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1)
March - LS-1 (?) - WSLC - GomSpace
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early - KZ-1A - JSLC (?) - ??
Early / Mid - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - SupremeSAT-II
June - CZ-4C - XSLC - Chang'e-4 relay sat; DSLWP-A1/A2
June - ?? - ?? - Tianzhi-1
August - CZ-2C - JSLC - CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography SATellite)
August - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - OKW-2
December - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - CBERS-4A
December - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Chang'e-4 lunar probe and rover
End - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-7 Gaofen-7
End - CZ-3B - XSLC - Apstar-6D (or first quarter of 2019)
End - CZ-8 - WSLC (?) - ??
End - CZ-5 (Y3) - WSLC, LC101 - Shijian-18 (2)
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC (?) - LOVEcho
?? - CZ-11 - JSLC - Fengtai Shaonian-02
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - Xiaoxiang-4 (?), OKW-1, Yinhe, Xianrikui-1A/B
?? - KZ-11 - JSLC - Yijian Duoxing
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - GF-6 Gaofen-6
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - SaudiSAT-5B
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - —uSat-6; —uSat-7; —uSat-8
?? - CZ-3C - XSLC - TL-2 Tianlian-2
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4B Fengyun-4B
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M5; Beidou-3M6
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M7; Beidou-3M8
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M9; Beidou-3M10
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M11; Beidou-3M12
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M13; Beidou-3M14
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M15; Beidou-3M16
?? - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M17; Beidou-3M18
?? - CZ-3C - XSLC - Beidou-2G8
?? - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G1Q
?? - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-2I7
?? - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-6C Zhongxing-6C
?? - CZ-3A - XSLC, LC3 - FY-2H Fengyun-2H
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - ZY-3 Ziyuan-3 (3)
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3E Fengyun-3E
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1C Haiyang-1C
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-1D Haiyang-1D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2B Haiyang-2B
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - ?? - ?? - Deep Space Solar Observatory
?? - ?? - ?? - EgyptSat 2
?? - ?? - ?? - Shenzhen-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1
?? - ?? - ?? - LJ-1 Luojia-1
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-2 Jilin-2
?? - CZ-2D - JSLC, LC43/603 - JL-3 Jilin-3
?? - CZ-6A - TSLC, LC16 - ?? (or JSLC - 2017 to 2020)
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - GF-5 Gaofen-5
?? - LS-1 - ?? - LandSpace-1
?? - CZ-6 - ?? - HY-3A Haiyang-3A
?? - ?? - ?? - ZDPS-3 Zheda Pixing-3
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-31 Yaogan Weixing-31
?? - ?? - ?? - YG-32 Yaogan Weixing-32
?? - ?? - ?? - Huaizong-1

2019

February - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I1Q
Early - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - ZX-18 Zhongxing-18
April - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - LSTSAT-1 (was Nicasat-1)
April - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I2Q
Middle of year - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - TCSTAR-1 (Thaicom)
July - CZ-3A - XSLC - Beidou-3I3Q
First half - ?? - ?? - Luojia-1 (02)
October - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M19; Beidou-3M20
December - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M21; Beidou-3M22
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - Tianhui-1
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - New generation manned spacecraft test ship
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - Test flight
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-5 (Sample return)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-2 Tianzhou-2
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3F Fengyun-3F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2C Haiyang-2C
?? - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-5
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1 (1)
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1 (2)
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1 (3)

2020

February - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G2Q
April - CZ-3B/YZ-1 - XSLC - Beidou-3M23; Beidou-3M24
June - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Beidou-3G3Q
August - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter / Small Rover
September - ?? - TSLC - CBERS-6
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-12 Shenzhou-12
?? - CZ-2F/G - JSLC, LC43/921 - SZ-13 Shenzhou-13
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Chang'e-6 (Sample return) (or 2023)
?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - WT Wentian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - New generation manned spacecraft first ship
?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3 Fengyun-3RM-1
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4C Fengyun-4C
?? - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - Palapa-N1
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2D
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2E
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3B Haiyang-3B
?? -?? - ?? - ZX-?? Zhongxing-?? (full electric propulsion satellite)
?? - ?? - ?? - Two Meter Space Telescope
?? - ?? - ?? - Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM)
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1 (4)
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1 (5)
?? - ?? - ?? - Hainan-1 (6)
?? - ?? - ?? - Sanya-1 (1)
?? - ?? - ?? - Sanya-1 (2)

2021

?? - CZ-4C - TSLC - FY-3G Fengyun-3G
?? - CZ-3B - XSLC - FY-4M Fengyun-4M
?? - CZ-2C - XSLC - SVOM (Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor)
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-3 Tianzhou-3
?? - ?? - ?? - Sansha-1 (1)
?? - ?? - ?? - Sansha-1 (2)

2022

?? - CZ-5B - WSLC, LC101 - XT Xuntian Space Station Laboratory
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Near-Earth Asteroid Multi-Target Detection
?? - CZ-7 - WSLC, LC201 - TZ-4 Tianzhou-4
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2F
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2G

2023

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Mars Lander and Rover
?? - CZ-4B - TSLC, LC9 - HY-2D Haiyang-2H
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4D Fengyun-4D
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-3RM2 Fengyun-3RM2
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3C Haiyang-3C

2024

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Sun Fixed Point Observation
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Venus Exploration Orbiter
?? - ?? - ?? - HY-3D Haiyang-3D

2025

?? -?? - ?? - Proposed Moon Landing
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Main-Belt Asteroid (Ceres) Sample Return
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - South Pole Landing & Cruise

2027

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Solar Polar Orbit Observer
?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - North Pole Landing & isru
?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4E Fengyun-4E

2028

?? - CZ-5 - WSLC, LC101 - Jupiter Orbiter

2030

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4F Fengyun-4F

2033

?? - ?? - ?? - FY-4G Fengyun-4G

Undefined

TBD - CZ-3B/G2 - XSLC - CongoSat-1
?? - ?? - ?? - Small Military Meteorological Satellite (x6)

Statistics:

Orbital launches from Chinese launch centers - 273 (Jiuquan - 97, Xichang - 107, Taiyuan - 66, Wenchang - 4)

December 4
December 8
December 9
December 10
December 15
December 18
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1567 on: 12/08/2017 07:30 AM »
https://twitter.com/AJ_FI/status/939042454564728832
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Satellogic of Argentina have signed a deal with China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) for launch of its —uSat-6, 7 & 8 satellites, on a Long March 2D in 2018. China already launched —uSat-1&2 (2016), & #3 (2017). —uSats 4&5 will launch with Zhangheng-1 in February.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1568 on: 12/09/2017 05:08 PM »
Spaceflightfans.cn giving a interesting schedule remark about the next YG-30 group launch.

They are giving the January 21 launch date for YG-30-3 sats.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1569 on: 12/14/2017 08:37 PM »
Some details about the Hainan remote sensing satellite constellation have been made public during a press conference helt at the Sanya Institute of Remote Sensing . Three Hainan-1 optical satellites will be launched in 2019. Three more Hainan-1 satellites follow in 2020 together with two Sanya-1 multispectral satellites. Finally in 2021 two Sansha-1 SAR satellites are due for launch.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1570 on: 12/15/2017 01:49 PM »
Arrgggghhhhh I would have never thought that at such a late stage of the year there would be uncertainties with launch schedules. Yet this is the case with the Chinese right now, to the point that there can be up to 3 (theoretically even 4) launches left and none of them can be determined with any accuracy!  :-X

For Xichang, the question boils down to what is going on the next launch (probably Boxing Day or a bit later) - YG-30 or Beidou? Evidence for either of them are still abound and I can't pin it down to which one is next.  :P

Evidence supporting YG-30-03 as next launch:
- Earlier rumors that YG-30 is next and the next BDS pair is slipping to January
- CZ-2C's vice-program director was apparently seen in news reports regarding the ALCOMSAT-1 launch
- CAS' Shanghai micro-satellite center (which builds both the YG-30 series and (apparently) the next BDS pair) reporting last week that they still have 3 satellites left for launch within 2017

Evidence supporting next BDS pair as next launch:
- The Spaceflightfans.cn report of January 21 launch date for YG-30 (I can't tell how reliable this website is  :P)
- In an article posted to the GPS World Magazine on December 11, Chief Architect of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Yang Changfeng wrote that:

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......On Nov. 5, the first pair of the 24 BD-3 MEO satellites were successfully launched, while another pair is planned to be launched by the end of the year.

Unfortunately none of the public articles so far can shed light on which is which next in the queue (or for the next few launches out of there either). The movement of tracking ships in the Pacific is also ambiguous with YW-3 moving out from China last week towards the Pacific, replacing YW-6. YW-7 meanwhile is parked at Fiji right now. This, unfortunately, can't point to what is launching next.  :-[

For Jiuquan the December 23 NOTAM throws the previous expectation of the next GJ series launching from there around Christmas into serious question, to the point that someone is using the NOTAM to expect that there will be a "LKW-2" launching on the 23rd! Alas, there is again nothing to point at what launches next from there - Superview (the company operating the GJ series) has yet to make statements regarding their next launch (other than launching in late December) and the December 23 NOTAM is highly unusual in that it is a direct copy of the one for the December 3 launch and that it was issued 20 days in advance and that they are still in force! I honestly don't know what's going on there.....  :-X

Now we don't know of any public payloads launching from Taiyuan within the next few months.....but there will be launches out of there soon! I forgot to post here after the LKW-1 launch, but back then a rather reliable member on Chinese forums wrote that "with this launch gone you can look forward to the next from Base 25 (the old codename for the TSLC base - with JSLC being #20 and XSLC being #27)". I even thought that this would have flown last week - but that didn't happen of course. Still, it looks like that something is going to fly from there before the year ends, and there's not a single hint on what that is (it could be GJ-3/4 but Superview et al. hasn't report on that yet). It could theoretically even be 2 since the pad has a 15 days turnaround period - unlikely but who knows?

So, yeah, it's December 15 and the 2017 Chinese launch schedule is still murky as ever.  ::) :-X
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1571 on: 12/15/2017 06:41 PM »
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China plans to send up 10 more satellites from the southern island of Hainan over the next three years to plug surveillance gaps over the South China Sea

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2124555/china-unveils-satellite-network-plan-round-clock-lock

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1572 on: 12/15/2017 09:04 PM »
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China plans to send up 10 more satellites from the southern island of Hainan over the next three years to plug surveillance gaps over the South China Sea

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2124555/china-unveils-satellite-network-plan-round-clock-lock

China plans remote sensing satellites over South China Sea.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1573 on: 12/16/2017 11:19 AM »
2021

?? - ?? - ?? - Sanya-1 (3)
?? - ?? - ?? - Sanya-1 (4)


Hi Rui, please correct Sanya-1 (3) and (4) into Sansha-1 (1) und (2). Sanya-1 and Sansha-1 are different platforms. Unfortunately only a blurred image of Sanya-1 is available.

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1574 on: 12/16/2017 11:34 AM »
2021

?? - ?? - ?? - Sanya-1 (3)
?? - ?? - ?? - Sanya-1 (4)


Hi Rui, please correct Sanya-1 (3) and (4) into Sansha-1 (1) und (2). Sanya-1 and Sansha-1 are different platforms. Unfortunately only a blurred image of Sanya-1 is available.

Ups! Thank you!

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1575 on: 12/17/2017 03:12 PM »
Arrgggghhhhh I would have never thought that at such a late stage of the year there would be uncertainties with launch schedules. Yet this is the case with the Chinese right now, to the point that there can be up to 3 (theoretically even 4) launches left and none of them can be determined with any accuracy!  :-X

For Xichang, the question boils down to what is going on the next launch (probably Boxing Day or a bit later) - YG-30 or Beidou? Evidence for either of them are still abound and I can't pin it down to which one is next.  :P

Evidence supporting YG-30-03 as next launch:
- Earlier rumors that YG-30 is next and the next BDS pair is slipping to January
- CZ-2C's vice-program director was apparently seen in news reports regarding the ALCOMSAT-1 launch
- CAS' Shanghai micro-satellite center (which builds both the YG-30 series and (apparently) the next BDS pair) reporting last week that they still have 3 satellites left for launch within 2017

Evidence supporting next BDS pair as next launch:
- The Spaceflightfans.cn report of January 21 launch date for YG-30 (I can't tell how reliable this website is  :P)
- In an article posted to the GPS World Magazine on December 11, Chief Architect of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Yang Changfeng wrote that:

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......On Nov. 5, the first pair of the 24 BD-3 MEO satellites were successfully launched, while another pair is planned to be launched by the end of the year.

Unfortunately none of the public articles so far can shed light on which is which next in the queue (or for the next few launches out of there either). The movement of tracking ships in the Pacific is also ambiguous with YW-3 moving out from China last week towards the Pacific, replacing YW-6. YW-7 meanwhile is parked at Fiji right now. This, unfortunately, can't point to what is launching next.  :-[

For Jiuquan the December 23 NOTAM throws the previous expectation of the next GJ series launching from there around Christmas into serious question, to the point that someone is using the NOTAM to expect that there will be a "LKW-2" launching on the 23rd! Alas, there is again nothing to point at what launches next from there - Superview (the company operating the GJ series) has yet to make statements regarding their next launch (other than launching in late December) and the December 23 NOTAM is highly unusual in that it is a direct copy of the one for the December 3 launch and that it was issued 20 days in advance and that they are still in force! I honestly don't know what's going on there.....  :-X

Now we don't know of any public payloads launching from Taiyuan within the next few months.....but there will be launches out of there soon! I forgot to post here after the LKW-1 launch, but back then a rather reliable member on Chinese forums wrote that "with this launch gone you can look forward to the next from Base 25 (the old codename for the TSLC base - with JSLC being #20 and XSLC being #27)". I even thought that this would have flown last week - but that didn't happen of course. Still, it looks like that something is going to fly from there before the year ends, and there's not a single hint on what that is (it could be GJ-3/4 but Superview et al. hasn't report on that yet). It could theoretically even be 2 since the pad has a 15 days turnaround period - unlikely but who knows?

So, yeah, it's December 15 and the 2017 Chinese launch schedule is still murky as ever.  ::) :-X

Some updates:

YW-3 has apparently went to the mid-Pacific instead of somewhere near Indonesia. Given that YW-7 is on that side of Earth too and YW-6 is apparently heading back to China, this would lean towards the next launch from Xichang being YG-30-03 instead of BDS. Launch day mail covers for this one is apparently selling too so we should see this one flying soon.

In Jiuquan (as reported here in the "LKW-2" thread) a TV news report interviewing JSLC tracking asset operators has provided the following info:

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In the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the concept of innovation as the primary motivation has been integrated into every launch mission and every technological innovation. In a few days, the launch center will usher in the 98th space launch.
source: https://www.js7tv.cn/news/201712_124329.html  dated 2017-12-17

Mission codename for this next launch out of JSLC should be 01-85
In addition, there has been 13 other launches from JSLC for Shenzhou and Tiangong

so that yes it will be the 85 + 13  = 98th launch out of JSLC

The launch is reported to be "in the next few days" - let's see if that falls on the 23rd.  ::)

Nothing new has been reported on GJ-1-03/04 - people are now guessing them to be launching from Taiyuan again. There are also speculations that this might have slipped into 2018, but I'm unable to find the evidence for that.
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1576 on: 12/18/2017 06:00 PM »
Spaceflightfans.cn is giving the launch date for YG-30-03 as December 27 and January 9 for GJ-3/4.
« Last Edit: 12/19/2017 06:51 AM by Satori »

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1577 on: 12/18/2017 08:16 PM »
Spaceflightfans.cn is giving the launch date for YG-30-02 as December 27 and January 9 for GJ-3/4.
Well, it says "tbd" (待定) in both cases

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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1578 on: 12/19/2017 12:04 AM »
Spaceflightfans.cn is giving the launch date for YG-30-02 as December 27 and January 9 for GJ-3/4.
Well, it says "tbd" (待定) in both cases

Yaogan-30 #03, right? ;) :)
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Re: Chinese launch schedule
« Reply #1579 on: 12/19/2017 06:50 AM »
Spaceflightfans.cn is giving the launch date for YG-30-02 as December 27 and January 9 for GJ-3/4.
Well, it says "tbd" (待定) in both cases

Yaogan-30 #03, right? ;) :)

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