Long March 2C

Long March 2C
Long March 2C
CZ-2C.svg
Function Carrier rocket
Manufacturer CALT
Country of origin People's Republic of China
Size
Height 42 metres (138 ft)[1]
Diameter 3.35 metres (11.0 ft)[1]
Mass 233,000 kilograms (510,000 lb)
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to
LEO
3,850 kilograms (8,500 lb)
Payload to
SSO
2C: 1,400 kilograms (3,100 lb)
2C/SMA: 1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)
Payload to
GTO
2C/SM: 1,250 kilograms (2,800 lb)
Associated rockets
Family Long March
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites JSLC, TSLC, and XSLC
Total launches 35
Successes 34
Failures 1
Maiden flight 2C: 26 November 1975

Long March 2C (LM-2C), or Chang Zheng 2C (CZ-2C) as in Chinese pinyin is a member of the Long March 2 rocket family, an expendable launch system operated by the People's Republic of China. This vehicle was developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, and the first launch occurred on November 26, 1975. It is a two-stage launch vehicle with storable propellants, consisting of Nitrogen Tetroxide and Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine. Beginning from its first launch, the Long March 2C had 34 consecutive successful launches until its first failure in 2011.

Several variants of this launch vehicle have been built:

  • 2C/SD — Commercial satellite launcher.
  • 2C/SD — Smart dispenser allows delivery of two satellites simultaneously.
  • 2C/SM — Improved version.

Specifications

  • Stages: 2
  • Length: 39.925 meters
  • Maximum diameter: 3.35 meters
  • Liftoff mass: 213 tons
  • Liftoff thrust: 2962 kilonewtons
  • 2nd stage thrust: 742/47 kilonewtons (main/vernier)
  • Payload to LEO: 2400 kilograms.

Launches

Date Launch site Payload Outcome Comments
2008-09-06 Taiyuan Two Huanjing satellites Success[2]

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