Long March 3B / YZ-1 | Beidou-3 M3 & M4

Long March 3B / YZ-1 | Beidou-3 M3 & M4

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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.

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Beidou-3 M3 & M4

The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is a Chinese satellite navigation system. It consists of two separate satellite constellations – a limited test system that has been operating since 2000, and a full-scale global navigation system that is currently under construction. Beidou-3 are the third generation navigation satellites which are launched into medium Earth orbit.

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Long March 3B/YZ-1


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 425 Tonnes


Launch Success 13

Consecutive Success 13

Maiden Flight 1996-02-14

Launch Failures 0


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