Long March 2D

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Long March 2D
Long March 2D launching VRSS-1.jpg
Long March 2D launch of VRSS-1 in September 2012
Function Carrier rocket
Manufacturer CALT
Country of origin  People's Republic of China
Size
Height 41.056 metres (134.70 ft)[1]
Diameter 3.35 metres (11.0 ft)[1]
Mass 232,250 kilograms (512,020 lb)[1]
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to
LEO
3,500 kilograms (7,700 lb)[1]
Payload to
SSO
1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb)[2]
Associated rockets
Family Long March
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites LA-2B/SLS-2, JSLC
Total launches 20
Successes 20
First flight 9 August 1992

The Long March 2D (Chinese: 长征二号丁火箭), also known as the Chang Zheng 2D, CZ-2D and LM-2D, is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. It is a 2-stage carrier rocket mainly used for launching LEO and SSO satellites. It is mainly launched from areas 2B and 2S at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center but can be launched from China's other satellite launch centers. The Long March 2D made its maiden flight on 9 August 1992. It is most commonly used to launch FSW-2 and 3 reconnaissance satellites. The general designer of Long March 2D is Mr. Ma Jia (马佳). It is part of the Long March 2 rocket family.

Launches[edit]

The Long March 2D made its maiden flight on 9 August 1992. It has so far had a perfect launch record of 15 consecutive successful launches. On 25 May 2007, a Long March 2D conducted China's 100th successful orbital launch, when it placed the Yaogan 2 satellite into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China's Gansu Province. It also successfully launched the Yaogan-4 satellite on 1 December 2008.[3] This was the 113th launch of China's Long March series of rockets.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mark Wade. "CZ-2D". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.cgwic.com/LaunchServices/LaunchVehicle/LM2D.html
  3. ^ http://www.asmmag.com/news/china-launches-yaogan-4-satellite

1. http://www.asmmag.com/news/china-launches-yaogan-4-satellite