Last changed 1 May 2001
|Time:||07:00 16 October 1964 (GMT)|
|Location:||Lop Nur Test Ground, |
42.35 N, 88.30 E
|Test Height and Type:||Tower, 102 m|
This pure-fission U-235 implosion fission device named "596" was China's first nuclear test. The device weighed 1550 kg. No plutonium was available at this time.
"596" Atomic Bomb (43 K)
"596" Detonation (68 K)
Lop Nur Nuclear Test Range (67 k).
The Lop Nur Nuclear Test Range four days after the test of "596". Image taken by a KH-4 Corona intelligence satellite.
Larger size image (700x553, 83 k).
Satellite image courtesy John Pike at the Federation of American Scientists, see the FAS Intelligence Resource Program page.
|Test:||Test No. 6|
|Time:||00:19:07.9 17 June 1967 (GMT)|
|Location:||Lop Nur Test Ground|
|Test Height and Type:||Air drop, 2960 m|
This was China's sixth nuclear test, and its first full scale radiation implosion (Teller-Ulam) weapon test. It was conducted only 32 months after the first atomic test, the shortest elapsed time for any nuclear weapons state. The device contained U-235, lithium-6 deuteride, and U-238. It was detonated at 2960 m over the Lop Nur Test Ground after being dropped from an H-6
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