Long March 5 (CZ-5) first launch


Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Jan 31, 2009
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Long March 5 (LM-5, CZ-5, or Changzheng 5) is a Chinese heavy lift launch system developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). CZ-5 is the first Chinese vehicle with new design focusing on liquid rocket propellants from the ground up. Currently, two CZ-5 vehicle configurations are planned for different missions, with a maximum payload capacity of ~25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb) to LEO[4] and ~14,000 kilograms (31,000 lb) to GTO.

The Long March 5 is planned to roughly match the capabilities of American EELV heavy-class vehicles such as the Delta IV Heavy.

The CZ-5's maiden launch occurred on November 3, 2016 at 12:43 UTC, from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Center on Hainan island. The launch was successful.

Strap-ons - RP1/LOX
1st Stage - LH/LOX
2nd Stage - LH/LOX