Author Topic: BeiDou-2 'Compass-I5', CZ-3A Xichang launch - December 1, 2011 Launch  (Read 24937 times)

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This microblogger confirms launch at 05:07 LT


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Official announcement (in Chinese)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/2011-12/02/c_122364794.htm
Xinhua announcing launch success and 153 launches for CZ series

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Try reloading this one for official pictures of the launch
http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2011/12-02/3502351.shtml

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First launch picture from Ministry of Defense
http://news.mod.gov.cn/headlines/2011-12/02/content_4321620.htm

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And hi-res pictures again!  ;D (All pictures from Xinhua news)
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Precise launch time: 21:07:04.189 UTC.

And a short launch video from the official Compass navigation system website...
(edit by input~2: video direct link:
http://www.beidou.gov.cn/video/2011/12/02/20111202ba2c8213a79e47afbd7b3b7dec7d0e73.flv )

Edit: the orbit is now up:

1 37948U 11073A   11335.69590686 -.00000178  00000-0  00000+0 0    15
2 37948 055.0571 334.1091 7298155 175.1257 202.1057 02.27631913    03


Orbit: 217.3 x 35847.8 km × 55.06°
« Last Edit: 12/02/2011 02:31 pm by input~2 »
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Orbit: 217.3 x 35847.8 km × 55.06°
That's Object A.
Object B is in 168.9 x 35788.4 km x 55.12°

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First stage debris report here

AFAIU,  the CZ-3A first stage debris were spotted near Bachang (八昌) village  (N242025E1055332) [misprinted as Bajiang (八江)], Badu  township, Tianlin county, Guangxi province, in a field within the preset drop zone,
The location is about the same as for Compass-I3 1st stage debris and less than 5 km from both Compass-I1 and Compass-I2 1st stages impact  location.
According to the article, it is the 6th 1st stage from Beidou satellites to fall within the Badu township area.
 
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From the control room front screen display, the launch window was from 2107 to 2117UTC

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First stage debris report here

AFAIU,  the CZ-3A first stage debris were spotted near Bachang (八昌) village  (N242025E1055332) [misprinted as Bajiang (八江)], Badu  township, Tianlin county, Guangxi province, in a field within the preset drop zone,
The location is about the same as for Compass-I3 1st stage debris and less than 5 km from both Compass-I1 and Compass-I2 1st stages impact  location.
According to the article, it is the 6th 1st stage from Beidou satellites to fall within the Badu township area.
 

Interesting to see how the propulsion section has torn away, leaving relatively intact propellant tanks.  I wonder if this is typical of what happens to other expendable launch vehicle first stages.   

 - Ed Kyle

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Two Line Element Set (TLE):

1 37948U 11073A   11348.27128041 -.00000174  00000-0  00000+0 0   134
2 37948 055.1732 333.7254 0019173 189.2015 111.8672 01.00277542  2620

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