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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’s Long March 2D places 2 SuperView-1 satellites into wrong orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 28th, 2016

    China’s Long March 2D rocket lifted off at 11:23 a.m. China Standard Time (03:23 GMT) on Dec. 28, 2016, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province. The booster carried with it two SuperView-1 satellites designed for Earth observation purposes.

  • 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.

  • China launches world’s first quantum communications satellite into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 16th, 2016

    A Chinese Long March 2D rocket has successfully lifted off on Monday, Aug. 15, carrying the Quantum Science Satellite – the world’s first spacecraft expected to achieve quantum communications between space and Earth. Launch took place at 1:40 p.m. EDT (17:40 GMT) from the LC43 complex at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.

  • 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.

  • Chinese Long March 2D rocket launches retrievable research spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 7th, 2016

    China successfully launched a retrievable research spacecraft on Tuesday, April 5, to perform various scientific experiments in space. The satellite, known as Shijian 10, or SJ-10, lifted off atop a Long March 2D rocket at 1:38 p.m. EDT (17:38 GMT) from the Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

  • China successfully launches its homegrown dark matter hunter into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 17th, 2015

    China has successfully launched the country’s first-ever dark matter probe on Thursday, Dec. 17. The satellite, named DAMPE (DArk Matter Particle Explorer), blasted off atop a Chinese Long March 2D rocket at 00:12 GMT from Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in northwest China's Gansu Province.

  • China launches its Tianhui-1C Earth observation satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 26th, 2015

    China successfully launched one of the nation's Long March 2D rockets on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, lifting the Tianhui-1C mapping satellite into orbit at 3:10 a.m. EDT (7:10 GMT). Liftoff took place from the Launch Area 4 (LA-4) at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu.

  • China launches four Jilin-1 Earth-observing satellites into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 7th, 2015

    China successfully launched a group of four Jilin-1 Earth-observing satellites on Wednesday, Oct. 7, using the country’s Long March 2D orbital carrier rocket. Liftoff occurred at 12:13 a.m. EDT (04:13 GMT) from the Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

  • China launches Gaofen-9 remote sensing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 15th, 2015

    China conducted its second launch in a 37-hour time span by blasting off a Long March 2D rocket with the Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite. Liftoff took place at 12:42 a.m. EDT (04:42 GMT) on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, from the Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.