Long March 2D | Gaofen-9-04

Long March 2D | Gaofen-9-04

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.



Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a state-sponsored programme aimed to develop a near-real time, all-weather, global surveillance network consisting of satellite, near-space (stratosphere) airships, and aerial observation platforms.

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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 77

Consecutive Success 46

Maiden Flight 1992-08-09

Launch Failures 1


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