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Yellow Sea Launch Area


Submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area known to have been used for 7 launches from 1982 to 2005, reaching up to 1000 kilometers altitude.

Longitude: 125.0000 deg.
Latitude: 35.0000 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • DF-31 Version of JL-2. Mobile, solid propellant, land-based, medium range, three-stage ballistic missile. Basis for the KT-1 light orbital launch vehicle. The missile was tested on the ground in 1995. Ejection tests from the transport-launch tube began in 1998. The first flight test took place on 1 August 1999. Deployment was not expected until 2005-2010. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • JL-1 Chinese submarine-launched ballistic missile. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x DF-21 + 1 x DF-21 St2 More...
  • JL-2 Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile. DF-23, DF-31 are land based versions. More...

Associated Programs
  • Long March The amazing story of rocket development in China is given in the milestones below. More...

Yellow Sea Launch Area Chronology


1982 April 30 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 125.0 E. Launch Platform: HULU?. Launch Vehicle: JL-1. LV Configuration: JL-1 CSS-NX-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1982 October 12 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 125.0 E. Launch Platform: GOLF-C. Launch Vehicle: JL-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1985 September 28 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 125.0 E. Launch Platform: XIA. Launch Vehicle: JL-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1988 September 27 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 125.0 E. Launch Vehicle: JL-1.
  • First JL-1 SLBM launch. - . Nation: China. Program: Long March. Summary: First successful JL-1 launch, impacting 123.53 deg N, 28.13 deg E..
  • Test mission - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2004 July 1 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 125.0 E. Launch Platform: XIA?. LV Family: DF-31. Launch Vehicle: JL-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Julang-2 - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2005 June 12 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 125.0 E. Launch Platform: XIA?. LV Family: DF-31. Launch Vehicle: JL-2.
  • - . Nation: China. Agency: PRC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2008 May 29 - . Launch Site: Yellow Sea Launch Area. Launch Vehicle: JL-2.
  • - . Nation: China. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

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