The Changzheng 6 (CZ-6, or " Long March 6") is a small-lift launch vehicle designed and built by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST). The rocket is capable of sending 1,000~1,500kg payload into the 700km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) and supports multiple payloads on a single rocket.
The first-stage of the CZ-6 is 3.00m in diameter and powered by a single YF-100 liquid engine burning the LOX/Kerosene propellant.
The second-stage of the vehicle is 2.25m in diameter and powered by an YF-115 engine burning the LOX/Kerosene propellant.
The third-stage is 2.25m in diameter and powered by four 1,000N motors.
The rocket was said to have an overall length of 30m, with a take-off thrust of 120t and a take-off mass of 102t.
The rocket was designed to be capable of ‘rapid launch’. The rocket will be assembled in the factory and transported to the launch site in one piece. The rocket is then fuelled in the horizontal position, before being erected on the launch pad ready for launch. The whole launch campaign only requires 5~7 days.
Last updated: 14 April 2012