CZ-6 (Flight 1) [Xinhua]
The launch vehicle was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.
CZ-6 features a 3.35 m diameter first stage fueled with LOX and Kerosene and powered by one YF-100 engine. Originally the vehicle was to be based on the 2.25 m small strap on of the CZ-5 family, but was changed to the larger diameter of the bigger booster and the CZ-7 family, although shorter and using only one instead of two engines.
The second stage has the smaller 2.25 m diameter and uses the same fuels with one YF-115 engine.
A restartable third stage reportedly uses the storable combination of Kerosene and Hydrogen peroxide. With four YF-85 engines it provides final orbit trim and can manoeuvre to different orbits to deploy multiple satellites.
CZ-6 can deliver 1500 kg into a low earth orbit or 1080 kg into a 700 km sun synchronous orbit.
Taiyuan is used as a launch site for the maiden launch in 2015, although later the new Wenchang cosmodrome will also be used.
An improved CZ-6A (Chang Zheng-6A) is planned to be introduced during the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020). It features 4 strap-on boosters of 1 m diameter, a lengthened stage one, a new stage two with the same diameter as stage one. It is planned to put up to 4000 kg into a sun-synchronous orbit.
|Version||Strap-On||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|CZ-6||-||K-3-0 (?) / YF-100||K-2-2 / YF-115||? / 4 × YF-85|
|CZ-6A||4 × ?||stretched K-3-0 (?) / YF-100||?||?|
No: Type: Date LS Payload
1 1 CZ-6 19.09.2015 TY LC-16 XY 2 / DCBB / ZDPS 2A / ZDPS 2B / XW 2A / XW 2B / XW 2C / XW 2D / XW 2E / XW 2F / LilacSat 2 / NS 2 / ZJ 1 / KJSY 1 / TT 3 / NUDT-PhoneSat / XC 1 / XC 2 / XC 3 / XC 4 Planned: x x CZ-6 xx.xx.2016 We Changguang-1 Launch sites: TY = Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC), Wuzhai, Shanxi, China We = Wenchang Space Launch Center (WSLC), Hainan, China F Failure P Partial Failure