Long March 2D | Xihe (CHASE)

Long March 2D | Xihe (CHASE)

Launch Complex 9
Taiyuan, 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.

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Xihe (CHASE)

Xihe, also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE), is designed to test a newly developed satellite platform and conduct solar observations. The scientific payload of the satellite is an Hα imaging spectrograph (HIS), which can, for the first time, acquire full-disk spectroscopic solar observations in the Hα waveband. It will complement the observations by on-orbit solar spacecraft (such as SDO, IRIS, STEREO and PSP), as well as future solar missions of the Solar Orbiter and the Chinese Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S). Mission is named Xihe after a solar deity from Chinese mythology.

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Long March 2D


Height 38.30 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 2962 kN

Diameter 3.35 Meters

Mass To LEO 3500 kg

Liftoff Mass 232 Tonnes


Launch Success 54

Consecutive Success 23

Maiden Flight 1992-08-09

Launch Failures 1


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Cosmic_Penguin

2021-10-14T11:23:12+0000

Launch success.

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Cosmic_Penguin

2021-10-12T10:10:47+0000

Added launch per NOTAMs and public reports - note high uncertainty of assigning payload/rocket with the specific launch notice.

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