China’s Long March 2D to Launch the HXMT X-ray All-Sky Survey

Images credit & copyright: Xinhua.

Launch Alert! Friday, June 16, 2017 at 09:20 UTC (05:20 EDT) a Chinese Long March 2D rocket, also known as Chang Zheng-2D or CZ-2D will lift off from China’s Jiquan Satellite Launch Center, carrying the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) to conduct an all-sky survey in X-rays.

This will be the Long March-2D’s 33rd flight since its debut on August 9, 1992.

China’s Long March-2D or Chang Zheng-2D or CZ-2D Rocket: Built by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), a subordinate of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC); the Long March-2D rocket is a light-lift, two-stage rocket standing 41 m (134.7 ft.) tall, 3.35 m (11 ft.) in diameter and is used to deliver small satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Semi-Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

Payload Delivery to Low Earth Orbit (LEO): 3,500 kg (7,700 lb.)

Payload Delivery to Semi-Synchronous Orbit (SSO): 1,300 kg (2,900 lb.)

Payload Fairing: Two-piece composite shell that protects the spacecraft during the turbulence of ascent. Once a safe altitude is reached, the fairing is jettisoned, exposing the spacecraft.

Second Stage: The second stage is 10.9 m (35 ft. 9 in.) in length, 3.35 m (11 ft.) in diameter and is powered by a single YF-24C engine that burns dinitrogen tetroxide (N204) as fuel and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) as oxidizer.

First Stage: The first stage is 27.9 m (91 ft. 6 in.) in length, 3.35 m (11 ft.) in diameter and is powered by four YF-21C engines that burns dinitrogen tetroxide (N204) as fuel and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) as oxidizer.

Watch Live (some of these may work, some may not):

CCTV America: http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/10/14/heavenly-vessel-chinas-shenzhou-11-ready-for-liftoff

CCTV Live (English): http://english.cctv.com/live/index.shtml

CCTV Live (English) (same channel as above but different link): http://english.cctv.com/live/p2p/index.shtml

CCTV America Live News: http://www.cctv-america.com/livenews

CCTV America Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCTVAmerica

CCTV America YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CCTVAmerica1

CCTV YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuzZYzSoEEU

CCTV+ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmv5DbNpxH8X2eQxJBqEjKQ

Other Chinese Space Resources (possible live feeds):

http://m.kankanews.com/zhibo/1325.html

http://tv.cctv.com/live/cctv13/sd/index.shtml

http://video.sina.com.cn/l/p/1708426.html

http://v.qq.com/live/p/topic/7569/review.html

http://www.iqiyi.com/l_19rr9uxsmj.html

http://www.cnsa.gov.cn/n615709/cindex.html

http://en.cmse.gov.cn/

http://www.chinaspaceflight.com/

https://twitter.com/cnspaceflight

https://www.youtube.com/user/ChinaViewTV

https://www.youtube.com/user/CCTVNEWSbeijing

Long March 2D (Chang Zheng 2D or CZ-2D):

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_March_2D

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