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  • 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).

  • Long March 2C sends a triplet of Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 26th, 2017

    On Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at 3:44 a.m. local time (19:44 GMT / 2:44 p.m. EST on Dec. 25), China launched its Long March 2C rocket with a trio of Yaogan-30 satellites into space.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Chinese Long March 3B launches technology demonstrator

    Jason RhianJanuary 5th, 2017

    The China National Space Administration (CNSA) sent one of its Long March 3B launch vehicles aloft with the second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan (TJS) satellite to orbit.

  • Long March 3B sends Fengyun-4A weather satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 10th, 2016

    China opened a busy final month of its 2016 launch manifest with the Dec. 10 liftoff of a Long March 3B booster carrying the Fengyun-4A weather satellite. The rocket leapt skyward at 11:11 a.m. EST (16:11 GMT) from the LA-3 launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan province.

  • Long March 3C launches fourth Tianlian-1 communications satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 22nd, 2016

    China has successfully launched on Tuesday, Nov. 22, a Long March 3C rocket carrying the country’s fourth Tianlian-1 data tracking and relay communications satellite. Liftoff took place at 11:24 p.m. Beijing time (15:24 GMT / 10:24 a.m. EST) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan.