LAUNCH CENTER

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Sat Jun 22 2024
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM)

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LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(7:00 AM UTC)

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(6:50 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(7:20 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

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Rocket Details

Name:

Long March 2C

Description:

The Long March 2C is a family of expendable launch vehicles made and operated by China. It is a two stage launch vehicle with storable propellants, consisting of Nitrogen Tetroxide and Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine.

Long March 2C rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Astrophysics
  • The Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) is a French/Chinese planned small X-ray telescope satellite under development by China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES). SVOM will study the explosions of massive stars by analysing the resulting gamma-ray bursts. The lightweight X-ray mirror for SVOM weighs just 1 kg (2.2 lb). SVOM will add new capabilities to the work of finding gamma-ray bursts currently being done by the multinational satellite Swift. Its anti-solar pointing strategy makes the Earth cross the field of view of its payload every orbit.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Pad

Launch Complex 3 (LC-3/LA-1)