Xi'an Satellite Control Center

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The Xi'an Satellite Monitor and Control Center (XSCC), also known as Base 26, is the primary satellite control facility of the People's Republic of China.[1] The facility was established in Weinan as the "Satellite Survey Department" in 1967, and relocated to Xi'an in 1987.[2][3][4] Today, the XSCC comprises a mission control station in Xi'an and a set of tracking arrays located outside the city on a mountain plateau. The tracking station is equipped with antenna farms, masts, and communications dishes, while the mission control station is equipped with television screens, consoles, plotters, and high-speed computers that allow technicians to trace the orbital paths of all Chinese satellites in orbit.[2]

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  1. ^ "Base 26 Xian Satellite Monitor and Control Center (XSCC)". Federation of American Scientists. June 19, 1998. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Harvey, Brian (2013). China in Space: The Great Leap Forward. Springer. pp. 60–63. ISBN 978-1461450436. 
  3. ^ Smith, I.C.; West, Nigel (2012). Historical Dictionary of Chinese Intelligence. Scarecrow Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0810873704. 
  4. ^ Yunzhi, Zhang. "Xi’an Satellite Control Center and Orbit Dynamics Technology". Retrieved 23 March 2014. 

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Coordinates: 34°15′04″N 109°01′05″E / 34.251°N 109.018°E / 34.251; 109.018