China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is scheduled to launch a Long March 2 rocket as part of the Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) mission. The launch is scheduled on 06/24/2024 10:00 UTC for the Astrophysics mission launching from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China. The status of the launch is Date May Change. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 2 and experience the excitement for yourself.
Mission: Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM)
The Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) is a French/Chinese planned small X-ray telescope satellite under development by China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES).
SVOM will study the explosions of massive stars by analysing the resulting gamma-ray bursts. The lightweight X-ray mirror for SVOM weighs just 1 kg (2.2 lb). SVOM will add new capabilities to the work of finding gamma-ray bursts currently being done by the multinational satellite Swift.
Its anti-solar pointing strategy makes the Earth cross the field of view of its payload every orbit.
Rocket: Long March 2
The Long March 2C is a family of expendable launch vehicles made and operated by China. It is a two stage launch vehicle with storable propellants, consisting of Nitrogen Tetroxide and Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine.
Agency: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.