Queqiao-2

Launch Overview

Liftoff Time
March 2024 (00:00 UTC)

Complex Overview

Launch Facility
Wenchang Space Launch Site, People's Republic of China
Launch Pad
201
Turnaround Time
2 months

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.

Engines

YF-100

The YF-100 began development in the early 2000's, along with the smaller YF-115 which would power the LM-6 am dLM-7 upper stages

YF-75

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.

Mission Overviw

Queqiao-2 is a Chinese artificial satellite to serve as a communications relay for future Chinese lunar far side missions that cannot communicate directly with the Earth, beginning with the Chang'e 6 lunar sample return mission in 2024. It will operate from a Distant Retrograde Orbit (DRO) of the Moon.

Mission Type
Planetary Science
Orbit
LO

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