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Operator: China. Country: China. Latitude: 37.80 N. Longitude: 111.50 E. Minimum Inclination: 99.0 degrees. Maximum Inclination: 99.0 degrees.

China's launch site for launch of polar orbiting satellites. Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) is situated in Kelan County, the northwest part of Shanxi Province, 280km away from Taiyuan City. The geographical location of the launch complex is 115.0 degrees East and 38.8 degrees North. The head office of the launch center is located in Taiyuan City. TSLC has two feeder railway that connect with Ningwu-Kelan railway, which crosses the launch center and joins Northern Tongtu railway at Ningpu County. Highways lead to all TSLC sites. Taiyuan Airport is 300 km away from the launch site and can accept jumbo aircraft. TSLC is primarily used to launch meteorological satellites, earth resource satellites and scientific satelliteS on Long March launch vehicles. It consists of the Technical Center, the Mission Command and Control Center. Telemetry, Tracking, and Communications System, and necessary technical and logistic support systems. TSLC is located in a temperate zone, with an elevation of 1,400km to 1,900km above sea level. It is cool in summer.


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