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News Archive / Tagged: Long March 3B

  • 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, 2015. Liftoff of the Long March 3B rocket and its cargo, took place at 11:25 p.m. EST (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. 29, 2015, 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).