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Beidou M3 & M4 Launch NOTAMS


Notices to Airman, NOTAMS, are routinely issued in advance of space launches or planned re-entries so that aircraft can avoid the impact zones. When over the ocean, equivalent warnings to shipping also appear.

They are often a useful source of information to confirm and enhance what is already known about an upcoming launch. NOTAMs issued in advance of launch of the launch of the Beidou MEO pair 2012 April are an example.

Three individual NOTAMS were issued (see below the map). They seem to be for the impact zones four liquid-propellant boost motors, the core of the first stage and the second stage. Missing is something for the nose cone but it may be that China considers it not to be a significant event and it may be expected to happen over the sea.

Beidou M3 and M4 NOTAM

NOTAMS for Chinese launches tend to have start times a few minutes before the actual lift off so this set hints launch between 20:35 and 20:40 UTC.


Liquid Propellant Boosters

A0398/12 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N2417E10608
N2447E10540
N2436E10527
N2406E10555
BACK TO START.

VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL.ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 29 APR 20:32 2012 UNTIL 29 APR 21:09 2012.

CREATED: 28 APR 07:37 2012


First Stage Core

A0395/12 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N2311E10709
N2330E10651
N2320E10637
N2300E10655
BACK TO START.

VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL.ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 29 APR 20:32 2012 UNTIL 29 APR 21:09 2012.

CREATED: 28 APR 06:49 2012



Second Stage

A0396/12 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N1807E11149
N1846E11117
N1819E11041
N1740E11113
BACK TO START.

VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL .ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 29 APR 20:34 2012 UNTIL 29 APR 21:24 2012.

CREATED: 28 APR 06:59 2012



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