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China launches dual-use Long March-6 SLV
Richard D Fisher Jr, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
22 September 2015


China launched its China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Long March-6 liquid-fuelled space launch vehicle for small satellites for the first time on 20 September. Source: Top81 web page
China successfully launched its first liquid-fuelled Long March-6 (LM-6) small satellite space launch vehicle (SLV) from its Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on 20 September.

Under concept development since 2000 by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the LM-6 was approved by the government for full development in 2009. It is intended to provide new flexibility for civil and military/space combat missions.

The initial version of the LM-6 uses a 3.35 m-long booster developed from boosters initially designed for the Long March-5 heavy space launch vehicle. The LM-6 can loft 1,080 kg to a 700 km sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). In addition to providing a low-cost SLV for civil missions, the LM-6 has a seven-day launch cycle for rapid launching to provide the People's Liberation Army (PLA) with the ability to rapidly replace satellite capabilities lost in the event of attack.



The LM-6 uses a unique camouflaged transporter-erector-launcher which suggests its dual-use civil-military mission capabilities. (Top81 web page)

Demonstrating this capability, the first LM-6 mission used three stages to loft 20 small and nano-satellites built by Zhejiang University, Tsinghua University, the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), and other satellite makers.
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China has shown special vehicle used to transport rockets to the launchpad



China has shown transporter used to transport rockets to the launchpad, reported military-informant.com. The new vehicles is largest ever Chinese military vehicle for transporting missiles. Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicles are used to quickly transport space rockets.





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