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  • China launches another pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 30th, 2018

    China successfully launched a Long March 3B rocket carrying two BeiDou-3 spacecraft for its satellite navigation system. The booster took to the skies at 1:56 p.m. EDT (17:56 GMT) March 29, 2018, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan province.

  • China to launch another BeiDou-3 navigation satellite duo

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 27th, 2018

    China is gearing up to conduct its ninth flight of this year (2018) by launching another pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on Thursday, March 29.

  • Long March 3B sends a doublet of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 12th, 2018

    A Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) on Monday, Feb. 12 on a mission to replenish China’s homegrown satellite navigation system.

  • China to launch another duo of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on Sunday

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 9th, 2018

    China is gearing up to launch the nation's latest duo of BeiDou-3 satellites into space atop a Long March 3B rocket on Sunday, February 11.

  • Long March 2C soars into the sky with Yaogan-30 triplet

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 25th, 2018

    A Long March 2C rocket soared into the sky Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, sending a trio of Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit. It was the fifth orbital mission for China in just 17 days. The vehicle thundered off at 12:39 a.m. EST (5:39 GMT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) in China’s Sichuan Province.

  • Long March 2C set to launch Yaogan-30 trio into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 24th, 2018

    China is preparing to conduct its fifth orbital mission this month by launching a Long March 2C rocket with three Yaogan-30 satellites.

  • 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.