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CZ-2D is launched successfully, sending eight satellites!
CZ-2D launch vehicle blasted off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 10:38 on May 5, 2022, and succeeded in sending eight satellites into the preset orbit, achieving a huge success
The CZ-2D launch vehicle executing the launch mission is a normal-temperature liquid-powered two-stage launch vehicle developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. It’s designed with 300 tons of takeoff trust, and 1.2 tons of carrying capacity corresponding to 700km solar synchronous orbit, and can also launch single and multiple satellites as per different orbit requirements.
The test team entered the field when pandemic hit Shanghai. To ensure no loopholes in pandemic prevention and control, and the successful implementation of the model mission, active measures were taken to prepare for the model, well organize, and strictly control personnel departing from Shanghai. Meanwhile, overall arrangements were also made for existing personnel in Jiuquan and Taiyuan, joining forces at three places, to ensure the launch. Shanghai test team departed in advance, to start a “journey of fight against the pandemic” by executing “Shanghai one-week” closed management+ “Taiyuan 14-day” quarantine, while Jiuquan team took over 30h bus ride, and travelled a long journey. In addition, there was also a victory team that had just completed the maiden flight of CZ-6A and the flight mission of CZ-4B at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. They decided to guard at the site, continued to execute the mission, and made joint endeavors to win the battle of scientific research and production as well as pandemic prevention and control. Meanwhile, the satellite party of the task was from Changchun, Jilin, which is also a region severely hit by the pandemic. In the face of the uncertain pandemic situation, everyone is determined to unite as one, forge ahead, and overcome difficulties to complete the launch mission successfully.
This is the first launch of CZ-2D launch vehicle in the Year of the Tiger, opening the prelude for the extensive launch mission of CZ-2D rocket after the Spring Festival. In the face of the new situation of four fronts in Jiuquan, Taiyuan, Xichang and Shanghai, the model ushered in double challenges, i.e., the extensive launch and high-strength R&D. CZ-2D was planned in advance, ensuring the ordered implementation of model development and range launch. Meanwhile, active measures were also taken to promote de-modelization and de-tasking. The mission adopts unified WRP002 launch vehicle ground measuring and launching control device, which can realize consistent status of the ground measuring and launch control product in Jiuquan, Taiyuan and Xichang bases, and the consistent status of CZ-2D and CZ-4B/C rockets, shortening the preparation time of ground measuring and launch control system, and also making the system more reliable. Besides, it can also optimize test launch procedures, unify the status of product on the rocket, and further improve production supporting and the working efficiency of the launch field. In the face of the following task, CZ-2D model will face challenges, bear responsibility, enhance implementation, and make constant endeavors to lay a solid foundation for completing all launch missions in 2022.
The 8 satellites launched this time were developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd. (CGSTL), including 1 Jilin-1 wide-width 01C satellite and 7 Jilin-1 Gaofen 03D satellites, which are mainly used to provide remote sensing data and product services for users in forestry, agriculture, prairie, marine, resources, environment and other industries. This is the complete rocket launch of CZ-2D undertaken by CGSTL for the fourth time, and as a commercial launch mission, CZ-2D launch vehicle has gained the long-term favor of users with its reliable product performance, and qualified launch services, and provided powerful support for the fast development of commercial spaceflight in China.
This is the 59th launch of the CZ-2D launch vehicle, and the 158th flight test of the CZ series of launch vehicles developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, and also the 419th launch of CZ series of launch vehicle.