Orbit Data for Long March 3B Launch, lofting Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite

Photo: Xinhua
Photo: Xinhua

Tuesday’s night’s Long March 3B Launch (2015-053) delivered two objects to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit according to tracking data published by the Joint Space Operations Center.

Long March 3B blasted off from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 23:13:04 UTC and headed to the south-east for the delivery of the second of three Beidou-3 navigation satellites operating from an inclined Geosynchronous Orbit. Mission success was confirmed 90 minutes after launch by official Chinese media outlets.

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The following objects related to this launch were tracked in orbit:

2015-053A - 192 x 35,826 km - 55.05°
2015-053B - 220 x 37,052 km - 55.01°

These data sets show that the mission reached a nominal Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit already with the desired 55-degree inclination targeted by the Beidou-3I satellite that will raise the perigee over the next several days to enter its operational orbit.

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