FG-02

FG-02

FG-02
Country of origin China
Date 1966-1970
First flight 1970-04-24
Last flight 1971-03-03
Designer China Hexi Chemical and Machinery Corporation
Application Upper stage
Associated L/V Long March 1
Status Retired
Solid-fuel motor
Propellant Polysulfide
Configuration
Chamber 1
Performance
Thrust (vac.) 181 kN (41,000 lbf)
Isp (vac.) 254 s (2.49 km/s)
Total impulse 4,500 kN (1,000,000 lbf)
Burn time 38s
Propellant capacity 1,806 kg (3,982 lb)
Dimensions
Length 3.95 m (156 in)
Diameter 0.77 m (30 in)
Dry weight 246 kg (542 lb)
Used in
Long March 1 third stage.
References
References [1][2]

The FG-02 was a Chinese solid rocket motor burning Polysulfide.[2] It was developed by China Hexi Chemical and Machinery Corporation (also known as the 6th Academy of CASIC) for use in the Long March 1 third stage. It has a total nominal mass of 2,052 kg (4,524 lb), of which 1,806 kg (3,982 lb) is propellant load. It has an average thrust of 181 kN (41,000 lbf) with a specific impulse of 254 seconds burning for 38 seconds, with a total impulse of 4,500 kN (1,000,000 lbf). It used spin stabilization and a timing device to ignite in flight.[1][3][4]

The Long March 1 is basically a DF-4 with a solid third stage and a fairing. So the FG-02 was developed as the third stage to add to the stack. It was initially tested on two launches aboard T-7A sounding rockets to validate high altitude ignitions. Both successful flights were performed on August 1968. Before going into the launch vehicle, the propellant load was increased from 900 kg (2,000 lb) to 1,806 kg (3,982 lb). It performed just two orbital flights, both from Jiuquan and both successful. The first was on April 14, 1970, to orbit the indigenous satellite, the Dong Fang Hong I. And the second was on March 3, 1971, on the Shijian 1 mission.[3]

See Also

References

  1. ^ a b Norbert Bgügge. "Some Chinese solid fuel aerospace motors". B14643.DE. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b "GF-02". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  3. ^ a b Norbert Bgügge. "Chang Zheng CZ-1 & CZ-1D". B14643.DE. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  4. ^ Norbert Bgügge. "Propulsion CZ-1 & CZ-1D". B14643.DE. Retrieved 2015-07-25.