China launches three LEO communication satellites ahead of launch surge

China launched three payloads onboard a Chang Zheng 2C rocket today at 10:30 UTC and confirmed the success of the launch an hour later. For this flight, the additional Yuanzheng-1S third stage was used. The launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) and the rocket flew to a low Earth orbit (LEO). So far no details were released about the payloads, and only minimal information is out regarding the purpose of the three payloads. Two of the satellites are developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. The main operational area of this company is remote sensing satellites, however, these satellites today are confirmed to be for LEO communication as the company might expand its business envelope. See AlsoCZ-2C Launch UpdatesChina Forum SectionL2 ResourcesClick here to Join L2 The third payload was also referred to as a technology verification test. It was built by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). No further details were given for this payload either. After initial suspicion that they might be related to an August 2021 launch that showed very similar conditions, this was ruled out as more information about this launch arrived. Together with this launch, it was announced…

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China launches three LEO communication satellites ahead of launch surge

Updated: May 20, 2022 — 10:27 am