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

The Long March 3B was the most powerful Long March launch vehicle. It could inject a 5,000 kg payload into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The CZ-3B was developed on the basis of the CZ-3A, but had enlarged propellant tanks, larger fairing, and four boosters strapped onto the core stage. The CZ-3B boosters were identical to those of the CZ-3A.


Specifications

Launches: 5. Failures: 1. Success Rate: 80.00% pct. First Launch Date: 14 February 1996. Last Launch Date: 18 July 1998. LEO Payload: 11,200 kg. to: 200 km Orbit. at: 28.5 degrees. Payload: 5,100 kg. to a: Geosynchronous transfer trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 304,000 kgf. Total Mass: 425,800 kg. Core Diameter: 3.4 m. Total Length: 54.8 m. Launch Price $: 70.00 million. in 1999 price dollars.


CZ-3B Chronology


1996 Feb 14 - - 19:01 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3B s/n CZ3B-1. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC2. FAILURE: Launch failure.
1997 Aug 19 - - 17:50 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3B s/n CZ3B-2. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC2.
1997 Oct 16 - - 19:13 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3B s/n CZ3B-3. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC2.
1998 May 30 - - 10:00 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3B no. 4. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC2.
1998 Jul 18 - - 09:20 GMT. LV Configuration: Chang Zheng 3B no. 5. Launch Site: Xichang . Launch Complex: LC2.

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