Satellite Launch Center of Xichang, Xichang

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The Xichang Satellite Launch Center, also known as the Xichang Space Center, is a People's Republic of China space vehicle launch facility approximately 64km northwest of Xichang, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan.The facility became operational in 1984 and is primarily used to launch powerful thrust rockets and geostationary communications and weather satellites. It is notable as the site of Sino-European space cooperation, with the launch of the first of two Double Star scientific satellites in December 2003. Chinese officials have indicated interest in conducting additional international satellite launches from XSLC.In 1996, a fatal accident occurred when the rocket carrying the Intelsat 708 satellite failed on launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Also, a 2007 test of an anti-satellite missile occurred from the center.HistoryChina's first manned space programIn order to support the Chinese Project 714 manned space program in the 1960s, the construction of a new space center at Xichang in the Sichuan province was decided, located farther from the Soviet border, thus safer. The Shuguang One spacecraft was expected to be launched from the launch pad number one. After the cancellation of the program the launch pad was never completed. Today a viewing platform for officials has been built at the site.
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  • Think this place is really not worth it to 120 Yuan tickets, far look only a few towers, there is a simple exhibition. Pavilion there was some real stuff, but too simple.
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  • Always interested in aerospace what is not, and never has. But since you have to have to go look at the Xichang satellite launch Center in Xichang. Surrounded by mountains in the launch, see Tower it's very shocking, and learned a lot of things didn't know.
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  • As a foreign NGO representative, i brought a group of local students to visit this place. However this place would not accept foreigners, not even Hong Kong citizens. So i ended up waiting outside by ...  more »
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