China’s Long March 3B Rocket fails to reach Orbital Destination with Zhongxing-9A Satellite

The launch of China’s Zhongxing-9A communications satellite atop a Long March 3B rocket did not reach its planned orbital destination on Sunday, Chinese state media confirmed after several hours of silence following the midnight hour liftoff from the Xichang launch base.

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Zhongxing-9A Comsat lifts off atop Chinese Long March 3B, Launch Outcome Unclear

China’s Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:08 UTC on Sunday, thundering into the midnight hour with the Zhongxing-9A communications satellite headed to a highly elliptical transfer orbit.

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Sixth Long March 3B Launch in under three Months achieves good Orbit for ChinaSat-1C

Wednesday’s launch of China’s Long March 3B rocket reached its targeted Geostationary Transfer Orbit as evident in orbital data released by the Joint Space Operations Center, showing the ChinaSat-1C in a standard transfer orbit from where it will soon begin its climb into Geostationary Orbit.

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Chinese Military Communications Satellite blasts off atop Long March 3B Rocket

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:46 UTC on Wednesday, carrying a military communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Keeping up the pace in orbital launches towards the end of the year, this marks the sixth flight of the heavy-lift Long March 3B and the 13th mission of the Long March fleet in the last three months.

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