Principal responsibility for the design and production of Chang Zheng (Long March) or CZ family launch vehicles lies with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology [CALT] and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology [SAST], both of which belong to the China Aerospace Corporation.
As of June 1998 China had conducted 60 space launches, of which 49 were completly successful, with another 7 failing to reach orbit and 4 suffering post-launch failures. This failure rate is substantially higher than its primary Eurasian competitors: CIS, ESA, and Japan. Despite a relatively low domestic launch demand - typically 2-3 satellites annually - the PRC has developed and is expanding, in part for commercial reasons, a surprisingly diverse inventory of launch vehicles to support both LEO and GEO missions.
|Launch Vehicle||Payload [kg]||Launch Site||Builder|
|CZ-2F||? 8,800||? 3,375||CALT|