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News Archive / Tagged: China National Space Administration

  • China poised to orbit pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 18th, 2018

    The Chinese National Space Administration is in final preparations to launch another pair of its BeiDou-3 navigation satellites, designated BeiDou-3 M5 and M6, into orbit on Wednesday, June 20.

  • Long March 3A lifts off with Fengyun 2H weather satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 5th, 2018

    A Long March 3A booster was launched June 5, 2018, by China to deliver the Fengyun 2H meteorological spacecraft into space. The rocket lifted off the pad at 9:07 a.m. EDT (13:07 GMT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center situated in the country's Sichuan Province.

  • Long March 2D launches Gaofen 6 and Luojia 1 to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 3rd, 2018

    A Long March 2D booster took to the skies on Saturday, June 2, to deliver the Gaofen 6 Earth-observing satellite and Luojia 1 CubeSat into space.

  • Contact lost with China’s DSLWP-A1 lunar microsatellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 1st, 2018

    China has apparently lost contact with one of its two lunar radio astronomy microsatellites sent into space last week together with a communications relay spacecraft for Chang’e 4 lunar mission.

  • Long March 4C sends Chang’e 4 relay satellite toward Moon

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 21st, 2018

    Using a Long March 4C rocket, China launched the first spacecraft of its Chang’e 4 lunar mission along with two smaller satellites. The booster lifted off at 5:28 p.m. EDT (21:28 GMT) May 20, 2018, from Launch Complex 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the country's Sichuan Province.

  • Long March 3B rocket booster crashes to Earth near Chinese town

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 13th, 2018

    One of the Long March 3B rocket’s four liquid boosters crashed to Earth near houses in Heba Town in southwest China’s Guizhou Province after successfully sending the ApStar-6C communications satellite into space.

  • Long March 4C orbits Gaofen 5 high-resolution Earth-observing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 9th, 2018

    One of China’s Long March 4C boosters took to the skies on Tuesday, May 8 to orbit Gaofen 5 - the country’s newest high-resolution Earth-observation satellite.

  • China developing a reusable launch vehicle

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 6th, 2018

    China's Long March 8, one of the country's future launchers, could have a reusable first stage, according to a statement made recently by a Chinese rocket designer.

  • Long March 3B launches APStar-6C communications satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 3rd, 2018

    On Thursday, May 3 China launched its flagship Long March 3B rocket on a mission to send the APStar-6C communications satellite to orbit.

  • China conducts surprise launch of Long March 4C rocket, lofts four satellites into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 11th, 2018

    Without any prior notice, China sent a Long March 4C booster aloft on Tuesday, April 10, carrying three Yaogan-31 spacecraft along with one microsatellite.

  • Long March 4C orbits trio of Gaofen-1 Earth-observing satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 2nd, 2018

    A Long March 4C rocket took to the skies in an unannounced launch to deliver a triplet of Gaofen-1 Earth-observing satellites for China. Liftoff occurred at 11:22 p.m. EDT March 30 (3:22 GMT March 31), 2018, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the country's Shanxi Province.

  • Tiangong-1 re-enters atmosphere, burns up over South Pacific

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 2nd, 2018

    China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory is now in the history books after it burned up almost entirely on re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean. While most parts of the defunct station are believed to have burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere, some pieces may have survived and plummeted into the water.

  • Tiangong-1 reentry window narrows to Easter Sunday

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 30th, 2018

    Latest predictions indicate that China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space laboratory will fall to Earth most likely on April 1. According to updated calculations made by The Aerospace Corporation, the station will enter the atmosphere around 11:15 a.m. EDT (15:15 GMT) plus or minus 14 hours.

  • China launches another pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 30th, 2018

    China successfully launched a Long March 3B rocket carrying two BeiDou-3 spacecraft for its satellite navigation system. The booster took to the skies at 1:56 p.m. EDT (17:56 GMT) March 29, 2018, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan province.

  • China to launch another BeiDou-3 navigation satellite duo

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 27th, 2018

    China is gearing up to conduct its ninth flight of this year (2018) by launching another pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on Thursday, March 29.