Long March 2C | Shi Jian 8

Long March 2C | Shi Jian 8

Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603)
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China













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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.


Shi Jian 8

SJ 8 (Shijian 8) is a recoverable satellite based on the FSW type reentry vehicle, which is used to expose 215 kilograms of seeds of plants and fungus to the space environment. It was recovered after several weeks. Once the space-bred seeds are recovered, the Ministry of Agriculture organized research institutions to develop new seeds featuring high yield, good quality and high efficiency.

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Long March 2C

Height 42.00 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 0 kN

Diameter 3.35 Meters

Mass To LEO 3850 kg

Liftoff Mass 233 Tonnes

Launch Success 56

Consecutive Success 35

Maiden Flight 1982-09-09

Launch Failures 1

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