Xichang Satellite Launch Center Overview

A complete overview of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center launch site, including key info, launch stats and the companies that launch from it.

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Xichang Satellite Launch Center launch site

Basic Info


Xichang Satellite Launch Center

Total Launch Count


First Launch

29 Jan 1984

Last Launch

9 May 2024



The Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC), also known as the Xichang Space Center, is a significant spaceport located in Zeyuan Town, Sichuan Province, China. Operational since 1984, this facility is about 64 kilometers northwest of Xichang city. It plays a crucial role in launching a variety of civil, scientific, and military payloads. The center is noted for its involvement in Sino-European space cooperation, which began with the launch of the first Double Star scientific satellite in 2003. XSLC has experienced notable incidents, including a fatal accident in 1996 when a rocket failed during launch, causing casualties in a nearby village. The facility also conducted an anti-satellite missile test in 2007. It has been integral to China's space endeavors, including the beginning of its lunar exploration program with the launch of Chang'e 1 in 2007.