Long March 2C-III/SD | Iridium 51 & 61

Long March 2C-III/SD | Iridium 51 & 61

Launch Complex 7
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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Iridium 51 & 61

Iridium provides global mobile telecommunications services using a constellation of 66 low earth orbit satellites in a 86.4° inclined orbit. Although 77 satellites were originally envisioned for the system and spawned the name based on the 77th element in the periodic table, the system has been scaled back. Motorola's Satellite Communications Group designed and manufactured the Iridium satellites with Lockheed Martin providing the LM-700A spacecraft buses.

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Long March 2C-III/SD


Height 42.00 Meters

Max Stages 3

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 2786 kN

Diameter 3.35 Meters

Mass To LEO 3850 kg

Liftoff Mass 192 Tonnes


Launch Success 7

Consecutive Success 7

Maiden Flight 1997-09-01

Launch Failures 0


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