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News Archive / Tagged: Long March 5

  • Launch of Shijian 20 lights up Chinese skies and exploration ambitions

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 28th, 2019

    China has big plans for its space program. But before it can achieve them, it needed to make sure a key launch vehicle was up to the task. A recent mission suggests that it is.

  • 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.