China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation // February 23, 2023

ChinaSat 26

Launch Overview

Lift of Time:

Launch Window:

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Launch Facility:

February 23, 2023 - 11:49:00 (+00:00)

11:39:00 - 13:54:00

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)

Xichang Satellite Launch Center

Mission Details

ChinaSat 26 (Zhongxing 26) is a Chinese high throughput (HTS) Ka-band communications satellite based on the DFH-4E satellite bus for serving the Greater East Asia-Australia area.

Who is CASC?

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.

What Is Long March 3B/E?

The Long March 3B / E (G2) (CZ-3B / E) is one of the most successful medium-range launchers and the strongest variant of the CZ-3 series. It was specially developed for the transport of heavy communications satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit. The additional designation "E" stands for a higher payload fairing, stretched boosters and extended fuel tanks at the first stage, over the CZ-3B.


YF-25 (stage 1)

YF-21C (stage 1)

The YF-20 is a basic engine when mounted in a four engine module forms the YF-21.

YF-24E (stage 2)

The YF-24E is a combination of (1)YF-22E and (4)YF-23F

YF-75 (stage 3)

The YF-75 engine replaced the YF-73 it is used in the H-18 third stage of the Long March rocket 3A,3B,3C.

Rocket Overview


Long March 3B/E

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)

Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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