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Long March 3B launch opens China’s busy 2020 schedule

7 Jan 2020, 15:42 UTC
Long March 3B launch opens China’s busy 2020 schedule
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After the successful return to flight of the powerful Long March 5 closing the orbital launch activities for China in 2019, the country launched another secretive Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing (TJSW) satellite on January 7, opening what could be a record-breaking year. The launch took place at around 15:20 UTC using the Long March 3B/G2 (Y64) ‘Chang Zheng-3B/G2’ launch vehicle from the LC2 launch complex of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

TJSW launch history:
As with the previous launch of Communications Engineering Test Satellites, there is very little information regarding the new satellite.
When TJSW-1 was launched on September 12, 2015, Chinese authorities said the new satellite was a geostationary communications technology test satellite to be mainly used to conduct a test on Ka-band in broadband communication (frequencies between 27 and 40 GHz).
Previous to the launch of TJSW-1, rumors were circling on specialized Chinese space forums that pointed to the launch of the first Great Wall satellite, a new series of Chinese satellites dedicated to early warning similar to the American Space-Based Infra-Red Sensor satellites. Back then, Japan’s Kyodo News reported that China was building a missile defense system to detect a ballistic missile attack. The report was based ...

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