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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  • The place is far from city one hour, transport very expensive. Even though, arriving there we were informed that visitation is forbidden for foreigners. Anyway, friends visited the place and said it h...  more »
  • Feel this place is really not worth going, 120 yuan ticket, can only look at a few towers, there is a very simple exhibition. There are some real guys in the pavilion, but the buildings are too shabby.
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  • I've never been interested in aerospace or anything. But since the Xichang must go to see the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Launched by the mountains around, can see the launch tower Heart is still very shocking, but also learned a lot of things before do not know.
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  • They launch rockets and the boosters fall on people's houses because they don't care about the their own people enough to locate to the seashore like CIVILIZED countries do when they launch rockets into space.
  • Ferdinand E Cea , China Xichang Satellite Launch
  • It's not very nice.
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