Daliang Mountain at 5 am on the 20th was still silent. With 01 commander Zhang Guangbin pressing the launch button, under the raging flames, the Long March II Ding rocket held up the new technology test satellites C, D, E, and F4 satellites to stand up into the sky.
About 8 minutes after the rocket took off, Yuanwang 3, which has been waiting for a long time in the intended sea area, found and successfully captured the target in time. The two sets of shipborne space measurement and control equipment quickly received the rocket telemetry parameters, carried out the measurement work, and accurately reported to Xi’an The satellite measurement and control center and Xichang satellite launch center sent data. For a long time, applause came from the measurement and control hall of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Four satellites successfully entered the planned orbit and the mission was successfully completed.
This is the “starting point” achieved by China Aerospace after the Chinese New Year in 2020.
In fact, the sudden outbreak of new crown pneumonia has brought unimaginable challenges to space launches. As the “closed city” in Wuhan was delayed and work resumed throughout the country, the Chinese astronauts undertaking the launch mission never stopped working. While doing a good job of preventing and controlling the epidemic, astronauts on various fronts, including rockets, satellites, and launch sites, fought on the front lines of space launches.
In order to ensure the smooth implementation of the mission, test crews from China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Co., Ltd. Shanghai Aerospace Technology Research Institute gave up the Spring Festival holiday and “retrograde” Xichang. On January 30th, the sixth day of the new year, with a heavy mask, a team of 23 people from the Long March No. 2 Ding Rocket team embarked on a trip to Xichang.
This launch is the first time that the Long March II Ding rocket has performed a mission at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Hong Gang, the chief designer of the rocket, said frankly: “How to organize the mission, prevent and control the epidemic situation, and ensure that the two are correct and win double, and indeed feel the heavy task and great responsibility.” Fortunately, with the efforts of the rocket test team members , Long March No. 2 Ding rocket successfully achieved the first use of the new research and development of integrated test and control equipment and launch a series of four arrows and four stars.
It is worth mentioning that the new technology test satellite F satellite launched by the China Academy of Space Technology was developed on February 20th, which coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the establishment of the institute. In order to ensure the smooth implementation of the mission, the China Academy of Space Technology has innovated scientific research and production support methods, using a remote test system at the launch site, opened up multi-dimensional information channels such as remote test data, audio and video scheduling, greatly reducing the risk of personnel movement, and effectively guaranteeing the launch site model Test quality.
In order to ensure that the annual launch mission is not affected, Xichang Satellite Launch Center focuses on strengthening the mission organization command and quality control, vigorously strengthening the technical risk investigation, quality hidden danger control, and field operation management during the mission, effectively preventing possible factors such as staff reduction and process shrinkage. The technical risks brought by it ensure the timely launch, safe launch, and successful launch.
For astronauts, this year’s new crown pneumonia outbreak is somewhat similar to the 2003 fight against SARS. The SARS outbreak in 2003 had a certain impact on the Shenzhou V manned spacecraft mission. Fortunately, the Chinese astronauts did not disgrace their mission and successfully launched the Shenzhou 5 manned spacecraft. “China’s first man in the sky” Yang Liwei took the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft to enter space, and China’s space industry has taken a big step forward.
2020 is known as the “Super Year” of China’s aerospace industry. Chang’e-5 Moon sampling return, the first Mars exploration, the construction of a manned space station … A number of major projects are urgently needed, and China’s space program in 2020 is already full.