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Errors in the Cox Report 28 May 1999 00:56:33 -0400 (EDT) Chen Lan [email protected]> Following is the basic fact errors in Chapter 4 (PRC Missile and Space Forces), the Cox Report. These low level errors should have been avoided if they did the works a little more seriously. I'm not familiar with the facts in other chapters. So, no comments. (Page 174) ..program into a major international space program. Since its first space launch in 1971, the PRC has developed ten variations of rockets that have allowed it to place 44 satellites into orbit. ---> China's first space launch was in 1970. 44? Where is it from? (Page 182) Progress in the CSS-4 program was slowed by the Great Leap Forward in 1963 and the Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, which... ---> Great Leap Forward was in 1957 (page 182) ..Of the next nine Long March 2 launches from 1973 through 1978, five were successful. ---> 3 of 4, or 6 of 10 (if including Feng Bao 1) were successful (Page 200) Since 1970 the PRC has launched 12 different versions of the Long March rocket. The eight rockets depicted above, plus one not shown, are in use today. Three new versions of the rocket are said to be in development. --- > PRC has launched 10 version of LM (by end of 1998). 8 versions, 6 shown above, plus 2 not shown are in use. At least 4 in development. (Page 201) During the balance of the 1970s, the PRC launched nearly a dozen satellites on the Long March 2,... ---> Only 6 by Long March 2 (and FB-1) however (Page 202) The Long March 2C, for example, could only place a 1,350-pound payload into low earth orbit. ---> Long March 2C could place more than 4500 pound into LEO (Page 202) Long March 2E rocket, which was first launched successfully in 1992. --> Should be 1990. In fact, the kick stage failed, but it is not part of 2E (Page 203) The Long March 2E can place 5,450 pounds into low earth orbit and 2,140 pounds into geosynchro-nous transfer orbit. --> should be >20,000 pounds and >9,000 pounds (Page 208) ..the PRC has attempted 28 launches of Western-manufactured satellites. Of these satellites, 27 were U.S-manufactured: only the French-manufactured Sinosat, launched success-fully on July 18, 1998, was produced by a non-U.S. manufacturer. --> 21 commercial launches for 26 western made satellites (2 Iridium MFSs not included). Two were built by non-U.S. companies, SinoSat and Swedish Freja. (Page 210) For its manned space program, the PRC will use Soyuz capsules purchased dur-ing Yeltsin's visit to the PRC in April 1996. --> 100% false story - it should not appear in such a serious report! (Page 212) ..The satellite design was similar to that used on the Hughes HS376 satellites, --> Different: HS376 has expandable solar shell and 24 transponders (DFH-2 has only 2, DFH-2A, 4) (Page 213) A fourth DFH-2A satellite launch in 1990 --> 1991 (Page 213) The first launch of the DFH-3 satellite on November 29, 1994 was unsuccessful when the satellite failed to attain the proper orbit,... ---> Reached the right orbit but satellite met problems days later