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News Archive / Tagged: China

  • Long March 11 scheduled to orbit nine small satellites Friday

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 17th, 2018

    China is preparing to perform its fourth launch of this year, with the flight scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The mission will see a Long March 11 booster sending nine satellites into space.

  • Long March 2D lifts off with LKW-3 Earth-observing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 13th, 2018

    China has performed its third orbital launch of this year (2018) by sending its Long March 2D booster carrying the LKW-3 Earth observation spacecraft aloft. 

  • China launches two BeiDou-3 spacecraft to replenish its homegrown satellite navigation system

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 12th, 2018

    China has conducted its second flight of 2018 by launching a Long March 3B rocket with a duo of BeiDou-3 spacecraft for its homegrown BieDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).

  • Long March 3B to deliver two BeiDou-3 satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 11th, 2018

    A Long March 3B booster is in its final stage of preparations for the delivery of two BeiDou-3 satellites for China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).

  • Chinese expert denies claims of Tiangong-1’s uncontrolled re-entry

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 10th, 2018

    China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory is not out of control and poses no danger to Earth. This is according to a leading Chinese spaceflight engineer.

  • China opens 2018 with Long March 2D flight of two SuperView-1 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 9th, 2018

    China’s Long March 2D booster launched into space on Tuesday, January 9, at 11:24 a.m. Beijing time (10:24 p.m. EST and 03:24 GMT on Jan. 8) sending a duo of SuperView-1 satellites into orbit.

  • Long March 2D to send a duo of SuperView-1 satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 7th, 2018

    China is gearing up to conduct its first orbital flight of 2018. The mission, scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, will employ a Long March 2D booster to send two SuperView-1 Earth-observing satellites into space.

  • Tiangong-1 space laboratory containing hazardous substance to crash to Earth in March

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 7th, 2018

    According to new calculations, China’s space laboratory, Tiangong-1 will fall to Earth in March of 2018. While most parts of the spacecraft are likely to burn up in the atmosphere, there are concerns that some pieces, containing highly-toxic chemicals, may hit the ground.

  • China launches Algerian communications satellite atop Long March 3B

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 10th, 2017

    China successfully launched a Long March 3B rocket on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, with the first Algerian geostationary communications satellite, known as Alcomsat-1. Liftoff took place at 16:40 GMT (11:40 a.m. EST) from the Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) in China’s Sichuan Province.

  • Long March 2D sends Yaogan Weixing 31 satellite aloft

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 3rd, 2017

    Using a Long March 2D booster, China has successfully sent its newest Yaogan Weixing remote sensing satellite into orbit. The launch was conducted at 04:11 GMT on Sunday, Dec. 3 (11:11 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 2), 2017, from the LC43 Launch Complex at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China's Gansu Province.

  • China lays out its roadmap for space transportation system

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 28th, 2017

    China has revealed a roadmap for its space transportation system outlining its ambitious goal to become a world-leading space power by 2045. The program, announced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), envisions several milestones in the nation’s space industry within the next three decades, including the development of reusable launch vehicles and a nuclear-powered space shuttle.

  • Long March 2C sends Yaogan-30 trio into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 25th, 2017

    China has successfully carried out its fourth orbital launch this month, sending three Yaogan-30 02 reconnaissance satellites to orbit. The trio blasted off atop a Long March 2C booster at 2:10 a.m. local time on Saturday, Nov. 25 (18:10 GMT on Friday, November 24), from LC3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

  • Long March 6 launches trio of Jilin-1 Earth-observing satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 21st, 2017

    A Long March 6 rocket took to the skies for the second time in history on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, carrying three Jilin-1 satellites designed for Earth observation purposes. Liftoff took place at 04:50 GMT (11:50 p.m. EST on Monday) from the Launch Complex 16 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in China’s Shanxi Province.

  • 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.