Long March 6

Long March 6

The Long March 6 (Chinese: 长征六号运载火箭) or Chang Zheng 6 as in pinyin, abbreviated LM-6 for export or CZ-6 within China, is a Chinese liquid-fuelled carrier rocket, which was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation[1] and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. The rocket was developed in the 2000s, and made its maiden flight in 2015.[2] As one of the new generation rocket family, the Long March 6 was designed to be a light capacity, "high-speed response" rocket, complementing the heavy lift Long March 5 and the mid-heavy lift Long March 7 rocket families. It is capable of placing at least 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of payload into a sun-synchronous orbit.[3][4]

LM-6 on its transport vehicle

The first stage of the Long March 6 was derived from the booster rockets being developed for the Long March 5 rocket. It is powered by a YF-100 engine, which generates 1,340 kilonewtons or 300,000 pounds-force of thrust from burning kerosene and LOX as rocket fuel and oxidiser.[4]

A boosted variant, with a payload of 4 tons to sun-synchronous orbit, is under development.

List of Launches

Flight number Date (UTC) Launch site Payload Orbit Result
1 September 19, 2015
23:01
LA-16, TSLC ZDPS-2A
ZDPS-2B
NS-2
ZJ-1
ZJ-2
Tiantuo 3
NUDT-Phone-Sat
Xingchen 1
Xingchen 2
Xingchen 3
Xingchen 4
LilacSat 2
XY-2
DCBB
Xiwang-2A
Xiwang-2B
Xiwang-2C
Xiwang-2D
Xiwang-2E
Xiwang-2F
SSO Success[2]

See also

References

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  3. ^ http://www.spaceflight101.com/long-march-6.html
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