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Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« on: 12/12/2006 05:47 pm »
Has anyone found it on Google Earth?
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #1 on: 12/12/2006 06:23 pm »
The satellite launch site is reportedly at 38.8 N, 115.0 E, according to: http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/world/china/taiyuan.htm

There is a lot of confusion about the precise location - probably
not by accident!

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #2 on: 12/12/2006 07:07 pm »
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edkyle99 - 12/12/2006  1:06 PM

The satellite launch site is reportedly at 38.8 N, 115.0 E, according to: http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/world/china/taiyuan.htm

There is a lot of confusion about the precise location - probably
not by accident!

 - Ed Kyle

Another possibility is 39 16 57 N, 111 33 20 E, hinted at by: http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/1193/taiyuan-space-launch-center

Only low-res images at google on these coordinates.  I have yet to
see it myself.

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #4 on: 12/12/2006 08:56 pm »
Thanks Anik!

Wow.  I was waaaaay off!   (And so were the various analyst web sites)

Wuzhai city, which was the name used by the CIA, etc., is at 38.91 N, 111.83 E.  Many km east.

A massive horizontal hanger is at 38.809 N, 111.611 E.  A rail spur leads from the hanger to a couple of unloading sites, one of which is connected to the main launch pad by road.  Another set of rail-served buildings that might be for payload processing are at:  38.809 n, 111.624e.  There is a fancy-looking building that might be someone's headquarters at 38.809 n, 111.619e.  There are other launch pads in the area, and what may be missile silos several km north (follow the heavy-duty roads).

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #5 on: 12/12/2006 09:50 pm »
Ok, I was looking around 37.5N 112.6E... I was 165 km away. Thanks.
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #6 on: 10/12/2011 03:56 pm »
Just wondering whether anyone has the location of Launch Pad 9 at Taiyuan (the second pad to be used for orbital launches)?   It is apparently to the north of Pad 7 which is at 31.1432 deg N, 111.9674 deg E.
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #7 on: 10/12/2011 04:12 pm »
You mean this one?

38°51'47.26"N
111°35'22.44"E

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #8 on: 10/12/2011 08:45 pm »
Just wondering whether anyone has the location of Launch Pad 9 at Taiyuan (the second pad to be used for orbital launches)?   It is apparently to the north of Pad 7 which is at 31.1432 deg N, 111.9674 deg E.

I have the first pad at:  38.849 N, 111.608 E

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=38.849+N,+111.608+E&ie=UTF8&z=16&ll=38.849434,111.608005&spn=0.00747,0.021629&t=k&om=1&iwloc=addr

The second pad, as mentioned, is at 38.863428 N, 111.589004 E

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=38.863428+N,+111.589004+E&sll=38.863428,111.589004&sspn=0.003926,0.010632&ie=UTF8&t=k&g=38.863428+N,+111.589004+E&ll=38.86342,111.589315&spn=0.003926,0.010632&z=17&iwloc=addr

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #9 on: 10/12/2011 08:56 pm »
By the way, is there any info on the third orbital pad?

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #11 on: 10/13/2011 08:07 am »
By the way, is there any info on the third orbital pad?
Launch pad for KT-1:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.836908,111.605891&hl=en&ll=38.837443,111.605902&spn=0.006042,0.009602&sll=38.86342,111.589315&sspn=0.003926,0.010632&num=1&t=k&vpsrc=6&z=17

Humm, don't this is the one. I remember a few months ago we talk about the construction of a new pad at Taiyuan. Or maybe they are modifying the KT pad?

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #12 on: 10/13/2011 08:45 am »
By the way, is there any info on the third orbital pad?
Launch pad for KT-1:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.836908,111.605891&hl=en&ll=38.837443,111.605902&spn=0.006042,0.009602&sll=38.86342,111.589315&sspn=0.003926,0.010632&num=1&t=k&vpsrc=6&z=17

Humm, don't this is the one. I remember a few months ago we talk about the construction of a new pad at Taiyuan. Or maybe they are modifying the KT pad?

You mean the site at 38.872976N , 111.59513E (just north of TY LC-9)? Newest satellite photos show a building (could be a satellite / rocket preparation area, or even offices) constructed on the site, so the construction we saw is not for a launch pad. I am unaware of any Chinese article that discuss (or even hint at) plans for a third orbital launch pad.
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #13 on: 10/13/2011 10:33 am »
By the way, is there any info on the third orbital pad?
Launch pad for KT-1:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.836908,111.605891&hl=en&ll=38.837443,111.605902&spn=0.006042,0.009602&sll=38.86342,111.589315&sspn=0.003926,0.010632&num=1&t=k&vpsrc=6&z=17

Humm, don't this is the one. I remember a few months ago we talk about the construction of a new pad at Taiyuan. Or maybe they are modifying the KT pad?

You mean the site at 38.872976N , 111.59513E (just north of TY LC-9)? Newest satellite photos show a building (could be a satellite / rocket preparation area, or even offices) constructed on the site, so the construction we saw is not for a launch pad. I am unaware of any Chinese article that discuss (or even hint at) plans for a third orbital launch pad.

Ok! Copy that! Thanks!

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #14 on: 10/13/2011 04:45 pm »
Thank you all for your replies - I wonder where I got the wrong location for Pad 7 from ...........
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #16 on: 01/08/2012 01:01 pm »
I'm changing the tittle of the thread to reflect a thread dedicated to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

Some info on 9ifly Chinese space forum says that the old launch pad is going to be adapted for the new CZ-6 Chang Zheng-6 launch vehicle.

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #17 on: 05/26/2013 10:36 am »
Those people with Google Earth installed should check out the new satellite photos of the launch site taken on May 1 of this year - I saw a new HIF (?) and other buildings, as well as a railroad extension near the old LC-7 pad, as well as what looks like to be a new "clean pad" northwest of the new LC-9 complex. Could this be the new facilities for the CZ-6 rocket?

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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #18 on: 05/27/2013 05:06 pm »
Those people with Google Earth installed should check out the new satellite photos of the launch site taken on May 1 of this year

I see that a 30-meter-diameter circular hole was dug at 38.8593 N, 111.6028 E between mid May and late September 2006. Nothing much seems to have happened there since -- any idea what it's for?
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Re: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center
« Reply #19 on: 11/17/2013 05:50 am »
Does anybody know what this site at Taiyuan for: 38°52'54.81" N, 111°36'5.27" E (see attachment 1).
I see divertors there. I think that it is the launch site.
This site was built in 2008-2009 (see attachments 2-3).
There are black dots on site (after launch?) on May 30, 2009. (see attachment 4)
What is this? (see attachment 5)
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