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Family: Long March. Country: China. Status: Hardware. Other Designations: Long March 3.

The Long March 3 was a three-stage launch vehicle designed for delivery of satellites of 1,500 kg mass into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The first and second stages were based on the CZ-2C, and designed and manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. The majority of the technology and flight hardware used in the CZ-3 had been qualified and proven on the CZ-2C. The third stage, manufactured by CALT, was equipped with an LOX/LH2 cryogenic engine. Long March 3 was also capable of placing spacecraft into an elliptical or circular low earth orbit and sun synchronous orbit.


Specifications

Launches: 13. Failures: 2. Success Rate: 84.62% pct. First Launch Date: 29 January 1984. Last Launch Date: 25 June 2000. LEO Payload: 4,800 kg. to: 200 km Orbit. at: 28.5 degrees. Payload: 1,500 kg. to a: Geosynchronous transfer trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 302,000 kgf. Total Mass: 204,000 kg. Core Diameter: 3.4 m. Total Length: 44.6 m. Launch Price $: 40.00 million. in 1999 price dollars.


CZ-3 Chronology


1984 Jan 29 - - 12:25 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-1. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1. FAILURE: Third stage failed to ignite.
1984 Apr 8 - - 11:20 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-2. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1986 Feb 1 - - 12:37 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-3. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1988 Mar 7 - - 12:41 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-4. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1988 Dec 22 - - 12:40 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-5. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1990 Feb 4 - - 12:28 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-6. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1990 Apr 7 - - 12:28 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-7. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1991 Dec 28 - - 12:00 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-8. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1. FAILURE: Third stage failed to ignite. Partial Failure.
1994 Jul 21 - - 10:55 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-9. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1996 Jul 3 - - 10:47 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-10. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1996 Aug 18 - - 10:27 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-11. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.
1997 Jun 10 - - 12:01 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3 s/n CZ3-12. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: .
2000 Jun 25 - - 11:50 GMT. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC1.

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