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  • 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.