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News Archive / Tagged: Long March 3B

  • China successfully launches ChinaSat-16 high-speed telecom satellite

    Curt GodwinApril 12th, 2017

    China successfully conducted its fourth launch of 2017 with the successful deployment of the ChinaSat-16 telecommunications satellite. Liftoff took place at 7:04 p.m. local time (11:04 GMT / 7:04 a.m. EDT) on April 12, 2017, from Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

  • China preparing to launch Shijian-13 high-speed telecom satellite aboard Long March 3B

    Curt GodwinApril 11th, 2017

    China appears to be on the cusp of launching the Shijian-13 high-speed telecommunications satellite atop their heavy-lift Long March 3B rocket – possibly as soon as April 12, 2017.

  • Chinese Long March 3B launches technology demonstrator

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2017

    The China National Space Administration (CNSA) sent one of its Long March 3B launch vehicles aloft with the second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan (TJS) satellite to orbit.

  • Long March 3B sends Fengyun-4A weather satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 10th, 2016

    China opened a busy final month of its 2016 launch manifest with the Dec. 10 liftoff of a Long March 3B booster carrying the Fengyun-4A weather satellite. The rocket leapt skyward at 11:11 a.m. EST (16:11 GMT) from the LA-3 launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan province.

  • China conducts surprise launch of its first Tiantong-1 satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 6th, 2016

    China conducted a surprise liftoff of its flagship Long March 3B booster on Friday, Aug. 5, carrying the country’s first Tiantong mobile communications satellite. The launch took place at 12:22 p.m. EDT (16:22 GMT) from the LC3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in Sichuan Province.

  • China successfully launches Belintersat-1 satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 16th, 2016

    China has begun its busy year of space launches with a flawless liftoff of the Belintersat-1 telecommunications satellite from the LC3 launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in Sichuan Province. The mission commenced at 11:57 EST (16:57 GMT) on Friday, Jan. 15, when a Long March 3B rocket ignited its four boosters and started a short vertical ascent.

  • Chinese Long March 3B rocket successfully launches Gaofen-4 Earth observation satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 29th, 2015

    China has closed out its 2015 launch manifest with the flight of its most sophisticated Earth-observation satellite, Gaofen-4. A Chinese Long March 3B booster was used for the mission; it launched at 16:04 GMT on Monday, Dec. 28, from LA 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in China.

  • China launches Long March 3B rocket with ChinaSat-1C military communications satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 10th, 2015

    China successfully launched a Long March 3B booster carrying a military communications satellite yesterday. The spacecraft, designated ChinaSat-1C, was launched at 11:46 a.m. EST (16:46 GMT) on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

  • China’s Long March 3B rocket successfully launches first Laotian satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 22nd, 2015

    China successfully launched the first satellite for Laos, named LaoSat-1 on Friday, Nov. 20. The country's Long March 3B booster was selected to carry out this historic mission. The rocket lifted off at 11:07 a.m. EST (16:07 GMT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

  • Chinese Long March 3B rocket puts ChinaSat-2C communications satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 4th, 2015

    China launched a new communications satellite designated ChinaSat-2C, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Liftoff of the Long March 3B rocket and its cargo, took place at 12:25 p.m. EDT (16:25 GMT). The launch was conducted from the Launch Complex 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

  • China’s Long March 3B rocket launches APStar-9 satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 18th, 2015

    China successfully launched the APStar-9 commercial communications satellite using its Long March 3B rocket on Friday, Oct. 15. The liftoff took place as scheduled at 12:16 p.m. EDT (16:16 GMT) from Launch Area 2 (LA-2) at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in Sichuan province.

  • China launches Long March 3B rocket with Beidou-3 navigation satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 30th, 2015

    On Sept. 30, China successfully launched its third-generation navigation satellite into orbit. The BDS I2-S satellite, lifted off atop the country’s Long March 3B launch vehicle at 7:13 p.m. EDT (23:13 GMT) from Launch Complex 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. It is the 20th satellite for the Chinese Beidou Navigation Satellite System.

  • China sends an experimental satellite into space on a secretive launch

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 13th, 2015

    China successfully conducted a secretive launch on Sept. 12, sending an experimental satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. A Chinese Long March 3B rocket, carrying the first Communications Engineering Test Satellite (TXJSSY-1), lifted off from the Launch Area 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 11:42 a.m. EDT (15:42 GMT).