Long March 3B | Shijian-13/Chinasat-16

Long March 3B | Shijian-13/Chinasat-16

Launch Complex 3 (LC-3/LA-1)
Xichang 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.



This is a Chinese experimental geostationary communications satellite. Besides testing the electric propulsion, the satellite is also reported to carry Chinas first high-throughput satellite payload (HTS), with a capacity of 20 GB per second. The satellite is aiming to provide Ka-band satellite broadband and multimedia services. Additionally it is also to conduct space-to-ground laser communications experiments.

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Long March 3B

Height 54.80 Meters

Max Stages 3

Mass To GTO 5100 kg

Liftoff Thrust 5923 kN

Diameter 3.35 Meters

Mass To LEO 11500 kg

Liftoff Mass 426 Tonnes

Launch Success 21

Consecutive Success 3

Maiden Flight 1996-02-14

Launch Failures 3

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