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News Archive / Tagged: CNSA

  • China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory to fall to Earth in 2017

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 23rd, 2016

    China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1 (“Heavenly Palace”), is expected to re-enter the atmosphere in the second half of 2017, according to Chinese officials. While most parts of the spacecraft will burn up, there are worries some pieces may hit the ground.

  • China launches Tiangong-2 space laboratory into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 15th, 2016

    On Sept. 15, China successfully launched a Long March 2F rocket carrying the country’s second space lab – Tiangong-2 (meaning "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese). Liftoff took place at 10:04 p.m. local time (14:04 GMT; 10:04 a.m. EDT) from Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in China’s Gansu Province.

  • China set to launch Tiangong-2 lab into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2016

    China is planning on launching its second Tiangong space laboratory on Thursday, Sept. 15. Called Tiangong-2, it will test technology for the country’s future space station. The orbital lab will ride to space atop a Long March 2F rocket, lifting off from Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

  • China’s Long March 4C booster suffers suspected launch failure

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 1st, 2016

    China was expected to launch its Gaofen-10 Earth-observing satellite atop a Long March 4C rocket Wednesday, Aug. 31, but it seems the mission ended in failure. The booster was due to be launched between 2:46 and 3:11 p.m. EDT (18:46 and 19:11 GMT) from the LC9 Launch Complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Shanxi Province.

  • China unveils its 2020 Mars mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 26th, 2016

    On Tuesday, Aug. 23, China released the first images of its ambitious Mars mission, planned to be launched in 2020. The design of the mission was presented at a press conference in Beijing, during which the mission scientists showed off pictures of an orbiter, lander, and rover that will be sent to the Red Planet within four years.

  • 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.

  • China to develop a hybrid spaceplane for cheaper space travel

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 8th, 2016

    With the recent announcement of a long-term program to develop a hybrid spaceplane, China is aiming to enter the space travel market, offering trips to orbit at low prices. According to various reports in Chinese media outlets, the country hopes to send "common" people to space by 2030.

  • China’s agreement with United Nations to help developing countries get access to space

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 28th, 2016

    Last month, China signed an agreement with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to open the country’s future space station for science experiments and astronauts from UN member states. According to a spokesperson from the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), this cooperation heralds better accessibility to space for developing countries.

  • Russia and China envision joint space exploration

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 23rd, 2016

    Russia and China are discussing broad cooperation in the field of space exploration. Both countries have said they are willing to collaborate in a wide range of areas, including joint missions to the Moon and Mars.

  • Tiangong 2 arrives at Chinese launch center for September liftoff

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 14th, 2016

    China has shipped its next space laboratory, known as Tiangong 2 (meaning “Heavenly Palace” in Chinese), to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, from where it will be blasted off into space in mid-September. The module was transported by rail from Beijing.

  • China conducts surprise launch of second Shijian-16 satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 30th, 2016

    Without any prior notice, China carried out a secretive liftoff of its Long March 4B booster carrying the Shijian-16 No.2 satellite. The rocket blasted off at exactly 11:21 a.m. local time (03:21 GMT) on Wednesday, June 29, from Launch Site 43 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in China’s northwest Gansu Province.

  • Prototype of China’s next-generation re-entry capsule lands safely in desert

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 28th, 2016

    A scaled-down model of China’s future re-entry capsule – launched aboard the Long March 7 rocket on its inaugural flight – has successfully touched down in the Badain Jaran Desert in Northwest China. The landing occurred at exactly 3:41 a.m. EDT (07:41 GMT) on Sunday, June 26.

  • China conducts maiden launch of Long March 7 rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 25th, 2016

    China successfully carried out the first launch of its next-generation Long March 7 rocket. The country’s most powerful launcher took to the skies at 8 p.m. Beijing time (12:00 GMT) on Saturday, June 25, from Site LC-2 at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the island of Hainan. It was carrying a prototype of a re-entry capsule and several small satellites.

  • China to introduce its newest Long March 7 rocket to the world

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 24th, 2016

    China is about to introduce to the world its Long March 7 rocket, the newest addition to the country’s fast expanding fleet of launch vehicles. The booster is expected to blast off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, located on the island of Hainan, sometime on Saturday, June 25.

  • China launches its latest BeiDou navigation satellite into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 14th, 2016

    A Long March 3C launch vehicle, carrying the BeiDou-2 Compass G7 spacecraft, soared skyward at 15:30 GMT on Sunday, June 12, to replenish China's homegrown BeiDou satellite navigation program. Liftoff was from Launch Area 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan Province.