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FSW-3 1, 2, 3 (JB-2 1, 2, 3)


The FSW-3 (Fanhui Shi Weixing) or JB-2 series is one of the most recent series of chinese recoverable satellites. These satellites feature cameras for Earth observation and probably microgravity experiments.

The first was launched in late 2003 on a CZ-2D (stretched) launch vehicle.

The lifetime of the first mission was 24 days. The second returned after 18 days, destroying the roof of a house during landing.

This series was operated parallel to the FSW-4 (JB-4) series.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Reconnaissance, Earth observation, Micro-gravity
Contractors: CAST
Propulsion: FG-23A retro motor ?
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: 24 days
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
FSW-3 1 (FSW 18, JB-2 1) 2003-051A 03.11.2003 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)
FSW-3 3 (FSW 20, JB-2 2) 2004-039A 27.09.2004 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)
FSW-3 5 (FSW 22, JB-2 3) 2005-033A 29.08.2005 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)

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