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Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« on: 01/08/2012 01:03 pm »
A new thread dedicated the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center where we can have informations, pictures, maps and the history of this Chinese space complex.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #1 on: 01/13/2012 03:08 pm »
Some very detailed information here:
http://www.sinodefence.com/facility/jiuquan.asp

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #2 on: 03/27/2014 01:04 pm »
Photos are made in November/December 2013.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #3 on: 04/02/2014 01:55 pm »
Process of building after September 2013.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #4 on: 05/05/2014 08:44 pm »
https://twitter.com/Astro_Wakata

Flew over China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center earlier today.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #5 on: 11/09/2014 08:28 am »
WorldView-1 photo of Jiuquan facilities made on October 19, 2014.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #6 on: 09/03/2015 04:25 pm »
WorldView-1 photo of Jiuquan facilities made on August 6, 2015.
GeoEye-1 photo made on July 20, 2015.
Photo of Kuazhou launch pads made by WorldView-3 on October 16, 2014.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #7 on: 10/22/2018 09:23 am »
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http://russian.news.cn/2018-10/20/c_137547224.htm

По словам директора космодрома Чжан Чжифэня, с момента основания 20 октября 1958 года космодром произвел 110 космических запусков, успешно доставив в космос 145 спутников, 11 космических кораблей и 11 космонавтов.

So Jiuquan had 110 space launches.

We have 107 confirmed orbital launches.
If we count KZ-1 in March 2012 as failed orbital launch, then there will be 108 launches.
Where are two more launches?

One of variants. They did not count KZ-1 launch in 2012, but count three FB-1 suborbital launches.

When Jiuquan had 100th space launch then there was only +1 difference from 99 confirmed orbital launches. Now it is +3 difference.

Opinions?
« Last Edit: 10/22/2018 09:26 am by anik »

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #8 on: 10/26/2018 04:28 pm »
I'm searching for a good map of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Also, is there any specific designation for the launch area for the orbital solid launchers?

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #9 on: 10/26/2018 05:08 pm »
I'm searching for a good map of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Also, is there any specific designation for the launch area for the orbital solid launchers?
Western military/intelligence designation is SLS-Ex for area used for all Solid JSLC launches. Example KZ-1A launches are SLS-E1, CZ-11 KZ-11, KT-2 launchers use SLS-E2,  ZQ-1 reportedly is SLS-E3

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #10 on: 10/26/2018 07:17 pm »
Example KZ-1A launches are SLS-E1, CZ-11 KZ-11, KT-2 launchers use SLS-E2,  ZQ-1 reportedly is SLS-E3

Only two launches (KZ-1 in 2012 and 2013) were from so called SLS-E1.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #11 on: 10/14/2019 10:23 am »
On Sunday, October 13 at 07:17 BJT, Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. held the ceremony of sending the high-resolution optical satellite Jilin-1 GF-02A / “吉林 一号” 高分 02A / to the Jiuquan cosmodrome.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #12 on: 10/15/2019 04:29 am »
Some technical information.

"Gaofen 02A star fully inherited the "Jilin-1" satellite mature single machine and technical foundation, equipped with a payload of two coaxial folding anti-optical camera, in 535 kilometers of sun-synchronous orbit, can obtain a full-color resolution better than 0.76 meters, Multispectral resolution is better than 3.1 meters of static push-sweep image, the width is greater than 40 kilometers, the weight of the whole star does not exceed 230 kg, with high resolution, large width, high-speed digital transmission and so on."
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #13 on: 11/24/2019 11:31 am »
Only two launches (KZ-1 in 2012 and 2013) were from so called SLS-E1.

In October-November there is new construction has began for unknown purpose.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #14 on: 11/24/2019 11:37 am »
Also new area for unknown purpose exists since at least end of 2017 to north-west of launch pad.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #15 on: 12/13/2019 11:28 am »
New facility related to KZ-11 is in construction south-west of existing launch pads since at least 2018.

It was first mentioned here: https://twitter.com/Cosmic_Penguin/status/1192019363013881856
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #16 on: 12/25/2019 08:13 pm »
Commercial suborbital carrier rocket launched in China
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The commercial suborbital carrier rocket Tansuo-1 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Dec. 25, 2019. The commercial suborbital carrier rocket Tansuo-1 developed by a private Chinese company was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Wednesday. The rocket can serve purposes of meteorological observation, microgravity testing as well as satellite payload experiments. It was the maid flight of the first rocket developed by the company. (Photo by Wang Jiangbo/Xinhua)

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #17 on: 06/12/2021 08:43 am »
Short story of Jiuquan's vertical rocket assembly and transport

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #18 on: 06/13/2021 09:44 am »
It looks like the new site for liquid fueled rockets at Jiuquan is to the southwest of the existing LM-2/4 pads?

https://twitter.com/Cosmic_Penguin/status/1404009771183661060

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #19 on: 07/07/2021 12:18 pm »
Well, what was the source of the 95A and 95B designations for commercial launch pads at Jiuquan?
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #20 on: 07/07/2021 12:30 pm »
Well, what was the source of the 95A and 95B designations for commercial launch pads at Jiuquan?

The designations are commonly used by the Spaceflightfans.cn page.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #21 on: 07/07/2021 12:38 pm »
Well, what was the source of the 95A and 95B designations for commercial launch pads at Jiuquan?

The designations are commonly used by the Spaceflightfans.cn page.
I see :-) but the question was where they found it initially -- and the second was of matching 95A and 95B vs. two first KZ-1 orbital launches.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #22 on: 07/07/2021 03:31 pm »
Well, what was the source of the 95A and 95B designations for commercial launch pads at Jiuquan?

The designations are commonly used by the Spaceflightfans.cn page.
I see :-) but the question was where they found it initially -- and the second was of matching 95A and 95B vs. two first KZ-1 orbital launches.
Launch site cameras have the site and launch complex desig actions shown.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #23 on: 07/08/2021 09:11 am »
Is it correct that 95A is the eastern area (2013 KZ-1) and 95B is the western area (2014 KZ-2 and many others)?
Can you point to a photo/video with numbered cameras?
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #24 on: 07/08/2021 07:14 pm »
It is vice versa, 95A is the west and (very likely) 95B the eastern launch position.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #25 on: 07/08/2021 08:23 pm »
Thank you very much.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #26 on: 07/18/2021 08:10 am »
It is vice versa, 95A is the west and (very likely) 95B the eastern launch position.

Sorry for the possibly dumb question, but these 95A and 95B pads are just different designation for the SLS1 and SLS2 ones in the case of commercial launches or they're actual pads? If that was the case, could someone point their position on an aerial image of the Jiuquan site? Thanks

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #27 on: 07/19/2021 05:47 pm »
It is vice versa, 95A is the west and (very likely) 95B the eastern launch position.

Sorry for the possibly dumb question, but these 95A and 95B pads are just different designation for the SLS1 and SLS2 ones in the case of commercial launches or they're actual pads? If that was the case, could someone point their position on an aerial image of the Jiuquan site? Thanks
They are actual pads.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #28 on: 08/03/2021 08:55 am »
It is vice versa, 95A is the west and (very likely) 95B the eastern launch position.

Sorry for the possibly dumb question, but these 95A and 95B pads are just different designation for the SLS1 and SLS2 ones in the case of commercial launches or they're actual pads? If that was the case, could someone point their position on an aerial image of the Jiuquan site? Thanks
They are actual pads.

I've been trying to track all the orbital launches (or attempts) that took place from those pads by checking several sources (Gunter's Space Page, Spaceflightfans.cn, Weebau.com) and this is what I got so far:
- from pad 95A: the first Kuaizhou-1 launch in 2013, the Ceres-1 maiden flight in 2020 and today's SQX-1 launch
- from pad 95B: the second Kuaizhou-2 launch in 2014, all but two (that took off from Taiyuan) of the Kuaizhou-1A launches (though I'm not 100% sure about them), the OS-M1 and Jielong-1 maiden flights in 2019 and the second SQX-1 launch in February 2021

I couldn't find anything about the SQX-1 maiden flight in 2019 and the Kuaizhou-11 maiden flight in 2020 (this one maybe from the newly built launch tower highlited by Galactic Penguin earlier in this thread?)

Can someone confirm or correct these data?

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #29 on: 08/03/2021 03:28 pm »
Can someone confirm or correct these data?

The east pad was used for two KZ-1 launches in 2012 and 2013, all other orbital launches used the west pad including SQX-1 and KZ-11 launches.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #30 on: 11/03/2021 08:27 am »
There are 76 stars listed on the "Launch History" of the LC-94 launch tower at JSLC before today's launch of YG-32-02. That's strange as I counted 79 launches out of there including today's one...  ::)
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #31 on: 11/03/2021 06:10 pm »
It seems they put the stars in groups of four.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #32 on: 11/05/2021 12:40 pm »
It looks like the new site for liquid fueled rockets at Jiuquan is to the southwest of the existing LM-2/4 pads?
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To add to this, some updated satellite imagery from last month.
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1456609498454319113?s

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #33 on: 11/23/2021 07:34 pm »
There are 76 stars listed on the "Launch History" of the LC-94 launch tower at JSLC before today's launch of YG-32-02. That's strange as I counted 79 launches out of there including today's one...  ::)
Two more stars appeared on the wall during the recent launch: #77 (CZ-2C Y51) and #78 (CZ-2C Y41)
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #34 on: 11/24/2021 01:14 am »
There are 76 stars listed on the "Launch History" of the LC-94 launch tower at JSLC before today's launch of YG-32-02. That's strange as I counted 79 launches out of there including today's one...  ::)
Two more stars appeared on the wall during the recent launch: #77 (CZ-2C Y41) and #78 (CZ-4C Y37)

So I checked back on the source and it turns out the photo I posted above was from one launch campaign earlier (CZ-2C/RSW on August 24). Now the number of stars match with the number of successes from there - no. 77 for CZ-2C/RSW on August 24 and no. 78 for CZ-2C/YG-32-02 on November 3. We should see a 79th for GF-3-02 during the next launch campaign from that pad.

Of course failures don’t count and there’s one from there (CZ-2C/SJ-11-04 in 2011).
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #35 on: 12/13/2021 10:33 am »
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Site 9401 (SLS-2).
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #36 on: 02/14/2022 08:53 am »
Of course failures don’t count and there’s one from there (CZ-2C/SJ-11-04 in 2011).

Yet in a 83th launch image (2022 Jan 25/26), we can see 82 stars. So the failure did count but the roster was not updated after each launch -- but this time it was up-to-date.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #37 on: 04/07/2022 07:22 am »
85 stars before today's launch which seems to be correct. Each star has a reading below it probably describing the launch.
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #38 on: 05/22/2022 03:24 am »
I don’t see anything that fits with the photos for “Site 130”, the ZK-1 pad. Can someone try to identify where that is?

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #39 on: 05/22/2022 05:48 am »
I don’t see anything that fits with the photos for “Site 130”, the ZK-1 pad. Can someone try to identify where that is?

https://twitter.com/cnspaceflight/status/1528206124029124608?s=21&t=umrXXZzMurozNDM-QBAeJA
Theoretically 43/130 is the probable designation. The launch complex number is 130 and the above ground/underground structures within 130 should start at number 1301 which is normally the pads GSE and service tower building or TEL launch position GSE hookups panel.  Their are 45/1xx series designations within 45. Now 130/xx I'm do not know where that would be. Someone should check the old coordinates in various posts left by anik in this and other threads and do a comparison. The CAS Space site also shows aged concrete and new concrete of their ZK-1 family TEL site.

Edit for ZQ-2 complex data (:The lat long coordinates for ZQ-2 complex are 40/100 on the latest satellite imagery
It seems from the latest Sentinel images the Chinese have finished asphalting the road between the test position and the launch site. Compare images for May 20 and May 30:
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #40 on: 06/10/2022 08:15 am »
https://twitter.com/harry__stranger/status/1535071686529548288

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High resolution satellite imagery shows that there was an explosion at a launch pad south of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in October 2021.

The location of this pad is 40°50'13.3"N, 100°10'31.8"E (goo.gl/maps/3qm44WQw3…).

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Using Sentinel-2 imagery combined with the high resolution images above, we can see that the explosion happened between October 10 and October 17.

https://twitter.com/harry__stranger/status/1535071738446643200

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The gif below shows the cleanup of the site over the last several months.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #41 on: 06/10/2022 01:19 pm »
Was it this "launch" ?

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October - KZ-11 (Y2) - JSLC, LC43/95A - Xingyun-1 (01); Xingyun-1 (02)
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #42 on: 06/10/2022 01:45 pm »
Was it this "launch" ?

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October - KZ-11 (Y2) - JSLC, LC43/95A - Xingyun-1 (01); Xingyun-1 (02)
It never launched!

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #43 on: 06/10/2022 02:21 pm »
Was it this "launch" ?

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October - KZ-11 (Y2) - JSLC, LC43/95A - Xingyun-1 (01); Xingyun-1 (02)
It never launched!
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #44 on: 06/10/2022 09:08 pm »
The images appear to show a damaged mobile shelter moved toward the northwest, which might suggest that the rocket was out in the open  when the explosion happened.  Perhaps it was during a ground test.  I wonder if the rocket was being erected from horizontal to vertical when it happened.  There are other possibilities of course.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #45 on: 06/11/2022 09:14 am »
From current info, it seems that this is a test site for SRBs. So most likely a test that went wrong. We're still digging to try find more info on it

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #47 on: 11/27/2022 07:56 am »
https://twitter.com/wulei2020/status/1596777501615075328

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There’s a team always standing by at the launch pad until the last 30 minutes before a launch. They are the special repair team responsible for solving the emergencies.

I interviewed this emergency mentainance team at #JiuquanSatelliteLaunchCenter.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #48 on: 12/08/2022 12:12 pm »
I took some time to make an updated map of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center :)

I'll expand the map over time to cover a much larger area, but I'm happy to share the first version!

There's also an interactive copy available here: https://api.soar.earth/short/sro21ao9o4

Any corrections welcome! Some info was hard to find, so always happy to fix things :)
« Last Edit: 12/08/2022 12:13 pm by harrystranger »

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #49 on: 04/02/2023 11:53 am »
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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #50 on: 04/04/2023 10:28 pm »
Now that Tianlong-2 has launched and we have a 'new' launch pad, I've updated my map above.
I still plan to expand this map to the north when I have time. As always, any corrections are welcome :)

Interactive version here: https://soar.earth/maps/14697

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #51 on: 04/17/2023 09:36 am »
https://twitter.com/CNSpaceflight/status/1647823139957780480
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The launch of Fengyun-3G is the 100th launch from pad #94 of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
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Correction: the 100th successful launch from Jiuquan launch pad #94

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #52 on: 05/30/2023 05:04 am »
I just watched the Shenzhou 16 | Long March 2F launch.

Questions:  Where would the boosters and 1st stage land?     
                    They seem to separate simultaneously so should drop close to each other.

I ask because Beijing is due east 860 miles from the launch site. 
.....source GreatCircleMapper, http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=GC0004-Pek&DU=mi)
I assume to get to a 41 degree orbit from a 40-41 degree launch site, that one would launch due east.

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #53 on: 08/19/2023 09:18 am »
I found an interesting article about Chinese launch pad numbers.
According to this article, the numbers for each launch are as follows:

https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/617774688

CZ-2F Pad : LC-90 (Site 921)
CZ-2C Pad : LC-94 (Site 603)
Flat Pad : LC-95A and LC-95B
Landspace Pad : LC-96
Space Pioneer Pad : LC-120
CAS Space Pad : LC-130

This article also refers to the Space Pioneer launch site as LC-120.
https://weibo.com/5658451754/MA9V2bx0G

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #54 on: 08/19/2023 10:28 am »
Using the content of this thread, the article I mentioned earlier, and Google Maps, I organized the JSLC launch pad.
It's interesting to see new looking facilities at the allegedly abandoned JSLC North Complex.
This area has a double barricade, a shelter that can cover the entire train, a structure like an ammunition storage, etc., so there is a possibility that it is a missile-related facility...

https://twitter.com/LH2NHI/status/1692840408764854676?s=20

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #55 on: 11/28/2023 12:20 pm »
There appears to have been another explosion on the CASIC test stand.

https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1729485410081071403

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Re: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #57 on: 11/30/2023 04:59 pm »
Launch schedule for Space Pioneer's first three Tianlong-3 rockets

Demonstration Flight - NET June, 2024 - Wenchang Space Launch Site
Second Flight - NET September, 2024 - Wenchang Space Launch Site or Jiuquan Space Launch Site
Third Flight - NET November, 2024 - Wenchang Space Launch Site or Jiuquan Space Launch Site

Maiden Flight from Wenchang Island.
https://fxtwitter.com/CNSpaceflight/status/1730274941197484237
« Last Edit: 11/30/2023 05:00 pm by Conexion Espacial »
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