Are you sure this is going to be launched by a CZ-3C?
Chinasat-12 (ex Apstar 7B) is planned to be launched on November 22th.I'll try to make some updates from the XSLC base as soon as possible, with photos. If all flights are on time, I'm expected to be over there next tuesday. (departure sunday october 21th at 5:00 pm, arrival on october 23th 2:00pm... very (too ?) long trip !) edit : sorry for my english, next time I will post in chinese
Sri Lanka’s First Partly Owned Satellite Set For Launchhttp://www.island.lk/
According to dedead's post on another forum (http://www.forum-conquete-spatiale.fr/t14311p15-lancement-cz-3b-chinasat-12-a-xslc-le-22-novembre-en-attente), work on the CZ-3B LV have almost finished (with only the third stage needing some work) by Nov. 2, and yesterday preparations at the pad have begun. Per the nominal pad flow the rocket should be stacked on today.BTW I wonder if someone knows the launch time in advance: while the source above states that the launch should be around midnight LT (the "standard launch period" for domestic-built GEO bound satellites), all satellites built by Thales Alenia (or whatever it was called) were launched in the evening (APStar 6/7 + Chinasat 6B/9 + Eutelsat W3C, as well as all the old DFH-2(A)s and HS-376s and some of the foreign customer satellites). I wonder which one is correct?
Normally, it will be 6:03 p.m. local time, here at XiChang.The work is still in progress and in good way. Last week, XSLC invited us to see all parts of the launcher in the integration hall (first, second and third stages, all 4 boosters and the fairing in 2 parts).I began yesterday some validation on the tower, driving away at the back of an old chinese military truck ! I saw from the road :
NOTAMs issued:A1463/12 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY: N272159E1083650-N273125E1074313-N271528E1073946-N270603E1083315 BACK TO START. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL. ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 22 NOV 09:51 2012 UNTIL 22 NOV 10:30 2012. CREATED: 20 NOV 02:22 2012
Everything is green for the flight now ! Chinese people are wonderful ! This campaign was a really great experience at technical and human levels. Crossing fingers for the november 22th now !