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The “7 satellites with 1 rocket” carried by Long March 2D were successfully launched into space on Feb 2, 2018
On February 2, 2018, Zhangheng 1, the electromagnetic detection test satellite carried by the launch vehicle Long March 2 as developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology was successfully launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The rocket carrier successfully delivered Zhang Heng 1 and other six miniaturized satellites to the scheduled orbit. The launch was a complete success. It was the 266th launch of the Long March series of launch vehicles, and the 91st launch attempt mission of the Long March series of carrier rockets developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. Since the start of 2018, this is also the 3rd consecutive success of this type of rocket operating in the two major bases in Taiyuan and Jiuquan within a short span of 25 days!
High-precision delivery, ensuring safe travel of the 7 space travelers
In recent years, with the sudden emergence of the microsatellite market, there is nothing strange about the launching of multiple satellites carried by one rocket. However, among all these launching missions, the “7 satellites with 1 rocket” carried by Long March 2D appears to be distinctive: it carries both the “heavyweight guest” of Zhang Heng 1 and six other "lightweight players" from four different users.
In the era of space economy, gold medal-winning veterans are especially popular with users.
In the rocket-launching markets both domestic and overseas, Long March 2D is especially popular among users. The main satellite of this launch, Zhang Heng No. 1, is from China; of the 6 small satellites, 4 are from Uruguay and Denmark respectively; the other two, i.e., FMN-1 and Young Pioneer 1, are 2 domestic small satellites. The "1+6" model carrying both the main satellite and other satellite launch services is a useful exploration and attempt in fully tapping the potential of the rocket carrying capacity.
Up to now, Long March 2D has provided international launch services for many foreign customers in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Argentina, Ecuador, Turkey, Poland, Uruguay, and Denmark. In 2011, based on its high reliability and high security, Long March 2D won over the Russian Dnepr rocket and the Japanese H2 rocket in the bidding, achieved the Turkish GK-2 satellite launch service, and created a new record of only 0.003 degrees deviation of the dip angle when the Chinese carrier rocket went into orbit. Such a record is over 30 times more precise than the general design requirement. With substantially better performance than the requirement of the contract, the program establishes a good international reputation for LM-2D. Today, in the international launch market, for the industry players such as satellite manufacturers, insurance companies, and brokers, whenever they mention the LM-2D (Long March II D) launch vehicle, they would all be thumbs-up and praise the outstanding performance of LM-2D.
Reprinted from WeChat public platform "Shanghai aerospace"