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News Archive / Tagged: Long March 5

  • China delays lunar sample return mission following rocket failure

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 28th, 2017

    China has postponed its $3 billion (20 billion yuan) Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission in the wake of the July failure of its Long March 5 (Y2) rocket to reach orbit.

  • China’s 2nd Long March 5 rocket deemed ‘unsuccessful’

    Derek RichardsonJuly 2nd, 2017

    Despite what appeared to be a smooth launch all the way through first stage separation, China's largest rocket, the Long March 5, failed to deliver the Shijian-18 satellite to orbit, according to Xinhua.

  • China conducts maiden launch of powerful Long March 5 booster

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 3rd, 2016

    Thundering off from Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island, China’s powerful Long March 5 rocket started its first test flight. The launch vehicle, carrying an experimental satellite, lifted off at 8:43 a.m. EDT (12:43 GMT) on Thursday, Nov. 3.

  • China to debut powerful next-generation Long March 5 launcher Thursday

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 1st, 2016

    China plans to introduce its new next-generation heavy-lift Long March 5 booster on Thursday, Nov. 3. It is expected to be a workhorse for the country’s space program. The launcher’s maiden flight will be carried out from the Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island.

  • China begins assembly of new Long March 5 heavy-lift launcher

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 29th, 2016

    China is moving on with the expansion of its already broad rocket fleet. The country recently announced it has started the assembly of a next-generation Long March 5 launch vehicle. This heavy-lift booster is currently scheduled to conduct its maiden flight in September 2016.

  • China plans more than 20 space launches in 2016

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 12th, 2016

    China has a busy launch manifest planned for 2016, with more than 20 missions scheduled. The country conducted 19 launches in 2015 and has stated its intentions to launch the Tiangong 2 space station and a crewed mission, among other military and commercial missions, this year.

  • China successfully tests power system of Long March 5 rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 20th, 2015

    China conducted an engine test on Monday, Aug. 17, for the second stage of its Long March 5 rocket. The engines of the rocket were test-fired using non-toxic and non-polluting liquefied propellant. The test marks the completion of ground testing for the launch vehicle and ends its manufacturing phase.