Home » News & Blogs » Third Chinese Mission of 2018 to Send LKW-3 and Saudisat 5B into Space
Bookmark and Share
Astro Watch

Third Chinese Mission of 2018 to Send LKW-3 and Saudisat 5B into Space

12 Jan 2018, 22:01 UTC
Third Chinese Mission of 2018 to Send LKW-3 and Saudisat 5B into Space
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

China is not slowing down its pace of space launches and plans to perform on Saturday, January 13, its third orbital mission this year by sending LKW-3 and Saudisat 5B into orbit atop a Long March 2D rocket. The launch vehicle will liftoff at around 7:20 GMT (2:20 a.m. EST) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) in China’s Gansu Province.Although China insists that LKW-3, the mission’s main passenger, is a land-exploration satellite, Western analysts believe that it will be used for military purposes. Moreover, the mission is shrouded in secrecy, what seems to confirm the military nature of the primary payload.Given that very little information is available about Saturday’s mission, it is only known that the rocket will likely fly for about 10 minutes, burning its first stage for the first three minutes of the flight. Afterward, the rocket’s second stage will assume control over the mission for the remaining seven minutes. The goal of the flight is to place the dual payload into a low-Earth orbit (LEO).Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), LKW-3 (Ludikancha Weixing 3, also known as Land Surveying Satellite-3 or Yaogan Weixing 33), is probably an electro-optical observation satellite based on the ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

astronomy_pod