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CZ-6 (Chang Zheng-6)

CZ-6 (Flight 1) [Xinhua]

CZ-6A (Model)

The CZ-6 (Chang Zheng-6), also known as LM-6 (Long March-6), is a small liquid fueled launch vehicle in the CZ-5, -6 and -7 family.

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 3.35 m 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 (?) / 2 × YF-100 ? ?
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
CZ-6 1500 1080 - - - -
CZ-6A 4000 - - - -
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
 2    2   CZ-6              21.11.2017    TY LC-16   Jilin-1 Video-04 / Jilin-1 Video-05 / Jilin-1 Video-06


 x    x   CZ-6              xx.xx.2019    TY LC-16   —uSat 9, ..., 21
 x    1   CZ-6A             xx.xx.2020    ?          ?   

Launch sites:

TY  = Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC), Wuzhai, Shanxi, China China
We  = Wenchang Space Launch Center (WSLC), Hainan, China China

F       Failure
P       Partial Failure