Long March 3B - Dataset of Satellites Launched
This dataset contains 80 entries.

  Overview

This is a dataset of satellites launched via Long March 3B, based on UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most satellites launched via Long March 3B are intended for military and government use (46.3%) and for the purpose of navigation and global positioning (45.0%).Majority of these satellites are GEO satellites, with around 49 (61.3%) launched so far.


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Insights from the dataset of satellites launched via Long March 3B

  Which year saw the most satellites launched?

That year is 2018, which saw the launch of 18 satellites launched via Long March 3B.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites launched via Long March 3B?

Chinese Ministry of National Defense owns/operates the most number of satellites launched via Long March 3B (36 - 45.0% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most satellites launched via Long March 3B?

China owns/operates the most number of satellites launched via Long March 3B (72 - 90.0% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which launch site has launched the most satellites delivered via Long March 3B to space?

The launch site that has delivered the most satellites launched via Long March 3B to space is Xichang Satellite Launch Center which has launched 79 satellites (98.8%).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Non-Polar Inclined orbit is the most common type of orbit for satellites launched via Long March 3B (5 satellites - 6.3%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 485km to 35,864km, with the average perigee being 29,722.5km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 495km to 35,953km, with the average apogee being 29,844.1km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 1,440 minutes.

  Satellite Mass

The launch masses (include fuel) of the satellites range from 100kg to 5,550kg, while the dry masses (excluding fuel) of the satellites range from 280kg to 2,100kg.


Highlights on some of the satellites launched via Long March 3B:

Beidou 3 IGSO-3.

BeiDou Navigation Satellite System serves the world

  Second heaviest satellite launched by Chinese Ministry Of National Defense into space at 4,200 kg

A military and government satellite, Beidou 3 IGSO-3 is operated by Chinese Ministry of National Defense of China for the purpose of navigation and global positioning.

Constructed by Space Technology Research Institute (part of CASC) (China), it was launched into space on 5 November 2019 using Long March 3B as the launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Beidou 3 IGSO-3 orbits around the Earth as a GEO satellite.

With a launch mass of 4,200kg, Beidou 3 IGSO-3 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 8 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2019-073A and NORAD ID 44709.

Taking 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,681km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,896km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 2.55E-03.

Beidou 3 IGSO-3 orbits along the longitude of 107 degrees at an inclination of 58 degrees.

 

 Compare Beidou 3 IGSO-3 with Zhongxing 1C from China.

 Compare Beidou 3 IGSO-3 with SES-11/EchoStar 105 from Luxembourg.


Zhongxing 2E.

China launches Zhongxing-2E satellite

  Second heaviest satellite launched by China Satellite Communication Corp. (China Satcom) into space at 5,200 kg

A government and commercial satellite, Zhongxing 2E is operated by China Satellite Communication Corp. (China Satcom) of China for the purpose of communications.

A GEO satellite, it was launched into space using Long March 3B as the launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 5 August 2021. Zhongxing 2E was constructed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) (China).

Designated with COSPAR ID 2021-071A and NORAD ID 49062, Zhongxing 2E is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 15 years. It has a launch mass of 5,200 kg.

With an orbital eccentricity of 8.30E-05, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,783km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,790km. It takes 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth.

 

 Compare Zhongxing 2E with INMARSAT IV-A F4 from United Kingdom/ESA.

 Compare Zhongxing 2E with Express-103 from Russia.


Get more insights from these satellite datasets

  Full datasets:  All satellites by launch date   |   The Heaviest Satellites That Are Launched to Space

  By Use Type:  Civil-use satellites   |   Commercial satellites   |   Government satellites   |   Military satellites

  By Country:  USA   |   UK   |   France   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   China   |   Russia   |   Australia   |   Canada

  By Orbit Class/Type:  LEO satellites   |   MEO satellites   |   GEO satellites   |   Elliptical orbit   |   Polar orbit   |   Equatorial orbit   |   Non-polar inclined orbit   |   Sun-synchronous orbit   |   Molniya orbit

  By Operators:  SpaceX   |   EUTELSAT   |   SES   |   European Space Agency (ESA)   |   Planet Labs   |   Iridium   |   Spire Global   |   OneWeb   |   Swarm Technologies   |   NASA - Dataset of Satellites Launched (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   |   Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Dataset of Satellites Launched

  By Launch Vehicle:  Falcon 9   |   Ariane 5   |   Ariane 5 ECA   |   Delta 2   |   Dnepr   |   Electron   |   Falcon Heavy   |   Long March 2C   |   Long March 2D   |   Long March 3B   |   Pegasus   |   Proton   |   Proton M   |   PSLV   |   Rokot   |   Soyuz   |   Soyuz-2.1b   |   Vega

  By Launch Vehicle:  Cape Canaveral   |   Baikonur Cosmodrome   |   Guiana Space Center   |   International Space Station   |   Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center   |   Plesetsk Cosmodrome   |   Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1   |   Satish Dhawan Space Centre   |   Taiyuan Launch Center   |   Vandenberg AFB   |   Xichang Satellite Launch Center   |   Boeing Satellite Systems   |   Airbus Defense and Space   |   EADS Astrium   |   Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems   |   Space Systems/Loral   |   Surrey Satellite Technology   |   Technical University Berlin   |   Thales Alenia Space


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