Long March 2F lauch Vehicle (LM-2F)

Launch Services



The LM-2F, which is mainly used for manned space flight missions, was developed from the LM-2E launch vehicle, which in turn was based on the proven flight technology of the LM-2C launch vehicle. Conceptual design of the LM-2E launch vehicle began in 1986, and the vehicle was launched on the world launch services market following a successful test flight in July 1990.

On November 20, 1999, a LM-2F vehicle performed the first successful, unmanned, test flight of a Chinese manned space capsule.

On October 15, 2003, Shenzhou 5 successfully accomplished the China's first manned spaceflight. Sept. 25, 2008 saw the successful launch of the Shenzhou 7, and China's first space walk.

(as of April 1, 2010)
Launch Records
No. Launch Vehicle Launch Date Payload Mission Launch Center Result
1 LM-2F F01 20 Nov. 1999 First manned spacecraft test flight LEO JSLC Success
2 LM-2F F02 10 Jan. 2001 Shenzhou 2 LEO JSLC Success
3 LM-2F F03 25 Mar. 2002 Shenzhou 3 LEO JSLC Success
4 LM-2F F04 30 Dec. 2002 Shenzhou 4 LEO JSLC Success
5 LM-2F F05 15 Oct. 2003 Shenzhou 5 LEO JSLC Success
6 LM-2F F06 12Oct.. 05 Shenzhou 6 LEO JSLC Success
7 LM-2F F07 25Sept. 08 Shenzhou 7 LEO JSLC Success
Note: In the “Launch Vehicle” column, “FXX” indicates the number of launch vehicle flights.