Xi'an Satellite Control Center


The Xi'an Satellite Monitor and Control Center (XSCC; Chinese: 西安卫星测控中心), also known as Base 26, is the primary satellite control facility of the People's Republic of China.[1] The facility was established in Weinan as the "Satellite Survey Department" in 1967, and relocated to Xi'an in 1987.[2][3][4] Today, the XSCC comprises a mission control station in Xi'an and a set of tracking arrays located outside the city on a mountain plateau. The tracking station is equipped with antenna farms, masts, and communications dishes, while the mission control station is equipped with television screens, consoles, plotters, and high-speed computers that allow technicians to trace the orbital paths of all Chinese satellites in orbit.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Base 26 Xian Satellite Monitor and Control Center (XSCC)". Federation of American Scientists. 19 June 1998. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Harvey, Brian (2013). China in Space: The Great Leap Forward. Springer. pp. 60–63. ISBN 978-1461450436.
  3. ^ Smith, I.C.; West, Nigel (2012). Historical Dictionary of Chinese Intelligence. Scarecrow Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0810873704.
  4. ^ Yunzhi, Zhang. "Xi'an Satellite Control Center and Orbit Dynamics Technology" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2014.

Further reading

  • Chen, Ann (5 March 2010). "Secret Xi'an Satellite Control Center more than 40 years, 'Mu Star Road'" (in Chinese). Xinhua.
  • Yinlong, Zhang (1996). "Xi'an Satellite Control Center and China Satellite Telemetry, Tracking and Control Network". National Air Intelligence Center.

Coordinates: 34°15′04″N 109°01′05″E / 34.251°N 109.018°E / 34.251; 109.018