Second Chinese launch in one day places experimental comms sat into transfer orbit to GEO

by | Aug 25, 2021 | China, Launches, Military space, Satellites, Seradata News

A Long March 3B (CZ-3B) rocket lifted-off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China, carrying a experimental communications technology test satellite into a Geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Occurring at 1541 GMT on 24 August, this mission was roughly 4.5 hours after a Long March 2C mission earlier in the day. The satellite is known as TJSW-7 and will now propel itself up to GEO from its 197 x 35,816 km, 28.5 degree drop-off orbit.

The Long March 3B rocket lifts-off carrying the satellite into GTO. Courtesy of Xinhua/Guo Wenbin

Although the TJSW-series is described by the Chinese as communication technology test platforms, Western sources believe that these satellites also carry military payloads. Specifically, missile early-warning payloads comparable to the USA SBIRS satellites.

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