Long March 4C

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Long March 4C
CZ-4C.svg
Long March 4C
Function Carrier rocket
Manufacturer SAST
Country of origin  People's Republic of China
Size
Stages 3
Capacity
Payload to
LEO
4,200 kilograms (9,300 lb)[1]
Payload to
SSO
2,800 kilograms (6,200 lb)[1]
Payload to
GTO
1,500 kilograms (3,300 lb)[1]
Associated rockets
Family Long March
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites LC-2, TSLC
LA-4/SLS-2, JSLC
Total launches 14
Successes 14
First flight 26 April 2006
First stage
Engines 4
Thrust 2,961.6 kN
Specific impulse 2550 m/s
Burn time
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Second stage
Engines 1
Thrust 788.13 kN
Specific impulse 2942 m/s
Burn time
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Third stage
Engines 2
Thrust 100.848 kN
Specific impulse 2971 m/s
Burn time
Fuel {{{stage3fuel}}}

The Long March 4C, also known as the Chang Zheng 4C, CZ-4C and LM-4C, previously designated Long March 4B-II, is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket. It is launched from the Jiuquan and Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centres, and consists of 3 stages. Long March 4C vehicles have been used to launch the Yaogan-1, Yaogan-3 SAR satellites and the Fengyun-3A polar orbiting meteorological satellite. On December 15, 2009 a Long March 4C was used to launch Yaogan 8.[2]

Because it was still designated as Long March 4B-II at the time of its maiden flight, the first launch is often mistaken for a Long March 4B. The Long March 4C is derived from the Long March 4B, but features a restartable upper stage, and a larger payload fairing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gunter Krebs. "CZ-4C (Chang Zheng-4C)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  2. ^ Rui C. Barbosa (December 15, 2009). "China completes 2009 schedule by launching another spy satellite". NASASpaceFlight.com. 

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