A music video from the 6th academy of CASC. Terrible song, but nice footage of the various engines under development.
The AsiaPacific-6E (亚太-6E) communications satellite, scheduled for launch tomorrow, features an electric propulsion system (Hall thrusters) as well as a detachable chemical propulsion module, a configuration that is a first for China. The chemical propulsion module is responsible for sending the satellite to its initial low-earth orbit, after which the module will detach from the satellite. From there, the electric propulsion system will take over to send the satellite (now much lighter without the chemical propulsion module) into its final geostationary orbit, a process that will take six to eight months.
At 2:10 on January 13, a Long March 2C rocket successfully sent the Asia-Pacific-Star 6E satellite into orbit. The APSTAR-6E satellite is mainly used to provide broadband communication services for Southeast Asia. This mission is the 460th flight of the Long March series of launch vehicles.
Looks like the new assembly building in Wenchang can hold two rockets at a timeA progress update on the Hainan spaceport for commercial launches. The first two images below show launchpad no. 1, whose basic ground infrastructure has been finished. Next, the launch tower and other equipment will be erected and installed.
Construction progress on the adjacent launchpad no. 2:
A satellite image of the two commercial launchpads under construction:
The commercial launchpads are located roughly 2.5km southwest of the existing Wenchang launch center (LC-101, LC202):