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News Archive / Tagged: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

  • 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.

  • China launches latest Land Surveying Satellite into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 17th, 2018

    A Long March 2D rocket took to the skies March 17, 2018, sending China’s fourth Land Surveying Satellite into orbit. The booster roared skyward at 2:10 a.m. EST (07:10 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Gansu Province.

  • Long March 2D sends Zhangheng-1 seismo-electromagnetic spacecraft and six small satellites into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 2nd, 2018

    China launched its first seismo-electromagnetic satellite, known as Zhangheng-1 on Friday, Feb. 2, atop a Long March 2D rocket. Six other smaller satellites also piggybacked on the mission. The flight highlighted China's growing space ambitions.

  • Long March 2D to launch Zhangheng-1 and six small satellites to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 31st, 2018

    A Long March 2D rocket is poised to send the Zhangheng-1 Earth-observing spacecraft into space on Friday, February 2, along with six other small satellites.

  • Long March 11 lifts off from Jiuquan with six small satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 19th, 2018

    China’s light-lift Long March 11 booster took to the skies on Friday, January 19, tasked with the delivery of six small satellites into orbit.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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 readying Kaituozhe-2A rocket for launch with experimental payload

    Curt GodwinMarch 2nd, 2017

    There are indications that the China National Space Administration (CNSA) is preparing to launch its Kaituozhe-2A (KT-2A) rocket on a mission to deliver an experimental satellite into orbit. The rocket may lift off as soon as March 3, 2017.

  • Long March 2D launches China’s TanSat carbon-monitoring satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 21st, 2016

    China has successfully launched its first mission dedicated to carbon dioxide detection and monitoring. The spacecraft, named TanSat (“Tan” means carbon in Chinese), lifted off atop a Long March 2D booster on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 19:22 GMT (2:22 p.m. EST) from the Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, located in the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia.

  • First piece of new Chinese weather satellite constellation launches

    Derek RichardsonNovember 12th, 2016

    China conducted a second rocket launch in as many days sending into orbit Yunhai-1, the first satellite of a new constellation of meteorological Earth-orbiting satellites.

  • Long March 11 launches pioneering X-ray pulsar navigation spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 10th, 2016

    China successfully launched a Long March 11 rocket with a group of five satellites, including XPNAV-1, an experimental X-ray pulsar navigation spacecraft. Liftoff took place at 7:42 a.m. China Standard Time on Nov 10 (23:42 GMT / 6:42 p.m. EST on Nov. 9) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert.