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Chang Zheng 3C
Part of CZ Family
CZ-3C
CZ-3C
CZ-3C model exhibited at UN exhibit, Vienna, 2011
Credit: © Mark Wade
Chinese orbital launch vehicle. Launch vehicle combining CZ-3B core with two boosters from CZ-2E. The standard fairing was 9.56 m long, 4.0 m in diameter. On August 23, 2001, the CZ-3C launcher passed its critical design review. CZ-3C development had begun in 1995 but was suspended in 1996-2000 due to the 1996 CZ-3B failure. First launch was in 2008.

AKA: Chang Zheng-3C;CZ-3C;Long March 3C. Status: Active. First Launch: 2008-04-25. Last Launch: 2016-11-22. Number: 12 . Payload: 3,800 kg (8,300 lb). Thrust: 4,440.00 kN (998,150 lbf). Gross mass: 345,000 kg (760,000 lb). Height: 54.80 m (179.70 ft). Diameter: 3.35 m (10.99 ft).

Launch sequence:

Event                                     TIME (sec.)
 First Stage Ignition                          -3
 Liftoff                                        0.00
 Pitch over                                    11.0
 Booster Separation                           127.24
 First/Second Stage Separation                147.36
 Jettisoning of Fairing                       232.4
 2nd/3rd Stage Sep. & 3rd Stage Ignition      332.31
 1st Shutoff of 3rd Stage                     631.32
 2nd Ignition of 3rd Stage                   1281.23
 2nd Shutoff of Third Stage                  1459.91
 Satellite/Launcher Sep.                     1559.907

Payload: 3,800 kg (8,300 lb) to a GTO (200 x 35,793 km 28 deg). Launch Price $: 75.000 million in 1999 dollars.

Stage Data - CZ-3C

  • Stage 0. 2 x CZ-2E-0. Gross Mass: 41,000 kg (90,000 lb). Empty Mass: 3,200 kg (7,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 816.285 kN (183,508 lbf). Isp: 291 sec. Burn time: 128 sec. Isp(sl): 261 sec. Diameter: 2.25 m (7.38 ft). Span: 2.26 m (7.41 ft). Length: 15.33 m (50.29 ft). Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. No Engines: 1. Engine: YF-20B. Other designations: LB-40. Status: In Production.
  • Stage 1. 1 x CZ-3A-1. Gross Mass: 179,000 kg (394,000 lb). Empty Mass: 9,000 kg (19,800 lb). Thrust (vac): 3,265.143 kN (734,033 lbf). Isp: 289 sec. Burn time: 155 sec. Isp(sl): 259 sec. Diameter: 3.35 m (10.99 ft). Span: 7.00 m (22.90 ft). Length: 23.08 m (75.72 ft). Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. No Engines: 4. Engine: YF-20B. Other designations: L-180. Status: In Production.
  • Stage 2. 1 x CZ-2C/SD-2. Gross Mass: 55,000 kg (121,000 lb). Empty Mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 761.900 kN (171,282 lbf). Isp: 298 sec. Burn time: 190 sec. Isp(sl): 270 sec. Diameter: 3.35 m (10.99 ft). Span: 3.35 m (10.99 ft). Length: 10.00 m (32.00 ft). Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. No Engines: 1. Engine: YF-22A/23A. Other designations: L-35. Status: In Production. Comments: Stretched version of CZ-2C second stage. Empty mass estimated.
  • Stage 3. 1 x CZ-3A-3. Gross Mass: 21,000 kg (46,000 lb). Empty Mass: 2,800 kg (6,100 lb). Thrust (vac): 156.000 kN (35,070 lbf). Isp: 440 sec. Burn time: 470 sec. Diameter: 3.00 m (9.80 ft). Span: 3.00 m (9.80 ft). Length: 12.38 m (40.60 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 2. Engine: YF-75. Other designations: H-18. Status: In Production.


More at: Chang Zheng 3C.

Family: orbital launch vehicle. Country: China. Engines: YF-25/23, YF-20B, YF-75. Spacecraft: Beidou-GEO, DFH-3, Beidou, DFH-4. Launch Sites: Xichang. Stages: CZ H-18 stage, CZ-2C/SD-2, CZ-3A-1, LB-40. Agency: CALT.
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LM-3C Launch VehicleLM-3C Launch Vehicle
Long March LM-3C launch vehicle on the pad.



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