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News Archive / Tagged: China

  • Long March 4C sends Fengyun-3D and Head-1 into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 14th, 2017

    Lifting off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) located in China’s Shanxi Province, a Long March 4C rocket has delivered the Fengyun-3D and Head-1 satellites into their orbits. The launch was conducted from TSLC's LC9 Launch Complex at 18:35 GMT (1:35 p.m. EST) on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

  • China successfully launches a duo of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 5th, 2017

    Using a Long March 3B booster, China successfully launched its newest duo of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites to orbit. The rocket took to the skies on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at around 11:44 UTC (6:44 a.m. EST) from the LC3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in China’s Sichuan province.

  • Tiangong-1 space laboratory to crash to Earth within months

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 20th, 2017

    It could be just a matter of few weeks or months before China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory will fall to Earth. The spacecraft is continuing its gradual descent toward the surface after control over the mission was lost in early 2016.

  • Long March 2D blasts off with VRSS-2 Earth-observing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 9th, 2017

    A Long March 2D booster lifted off from Launch Area 4 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu Province, China, carrying Venezuela's second remote sensing satellite known as VRSS-2. The launch took place at 04:13 UTC (0:13 a.m. EDT) on Monday, October 9, 2017.

  • Long March 2D to deliver Venezuelan VRSS-2 Earth-observing satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 7th, 2017

    China is preparing for its second orbital mission after a three-month-long period with no launches. This time it will send a Long March 2D rocket into space carrying an Earth-observation satellite for Venezuela. Liftoff is planned for sometime between 12:05 a.m. and 12:33 a.m. EDT (04:05 and 04:33 GMT) Oct. 9, 2017, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gansu Province.

  • China returns to flight with a secretive launch of three satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 1st, 2017

    China performed a secretive launch of a Long March 2C rocket on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, ending the country’s three-month period without any orbital missions. The launch vehicle, carrying three Yaogan-30 01 satellites, lifted off at 04:21 UTC (0:21 a.m. EDT) from the LC3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in Sichuan province.

  • China delays lunar sample return mission following rocket failure

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 28th, 2017

    China has postponed its $3 billion (20 billion yuan) Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission in the wake of the July failure of its Long March 5 (Y2) rocket to reach orbit.

  • In the footsteps of SpaceX: Chinese company eyes development of reusable rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 19th, 2017

    A Chinese startup company appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has recently laid out its own project of a reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country’s first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in the future.

  • China eyes manned lunar landing by 2036

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 9th, 2017

    Recent and rather bold statements made by Chinese officials suggest that the country is moving forward toward its goal of sending Taikonauts to the surface of the Moon.

  • Long March 3B/E launches Zhongxing-9A satellite, fate uncertain

    Curt GodwinJune 19th, 2017

    A Chinese Long March 3B/E rocket lifted off at 12:12 EDT (16:12 GMT), June 18, 2017, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China to deliver the Zhongxing-9A indigenous television satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). However, according to a belated official announcement, the satellite has failed to reach its designated orbit.

  • Long March 3B to launch Zhongxing-9A television satellite

    Curt GodwinJune 17th, 2017

    China is preparing to launch the Zhongxing-9A direct-to-home (DTH) television service satellite aboard the country's Long March 3B/E carrier rocket. Although news from the country's tight-lipped space agency is difficult to come by, information from the GBTimes indicates the launch may occur as soon as June 18, 2017, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

  • China launches X-ray space telescope to unravel mysteries of universe

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 16th, 2017

    A Long March 4B rocket took to the skies on Thursday, June 15, 2017, carrying an important astronomy mission for China. The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, dubbed “Insight”, will search for black holes, pulsars, and other phenomena with the aim of uncovering the most intriguing secrets of the universe.

  • China successfully launches ChinaSat-16 high-speed telecom satellite

    Curt GodwinApril 12th, 2017

    China successfully conducted its fourth launch of 2017 with the successful deployment of the ChinaSat-16 telecommunications satellite. Liftoff took place at 7:04 p.m. local time (11:04 GMT / 7:04 a.m. EDT) on April 12, 2017, from Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

  • Long March 2D successfully launches Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 15th, 2016

    China successfully held its fifth launch this year, sending the Yaogan-30 satellite into space. The spacecraft lifted off at 10:43 a.m. local time on Sunday, May 15 (10:43 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 14) atop a Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China.

  • China launches Long March 4B rocket with Yaogan 28 satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 8th, 2015

    China conducted another secretive launch on Sunday, November 8, 2015, sending the Yaogan 28 Earth-observation satellite into orbit. A Long March 4B rocket carrying the satellite lifted off at 2:06 a.m. EST (07:06 GMT) from Launch Complex 9 located at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, situated in Shanxi Province in northern China.