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News Archive / Tagged: Long March 7

  • China launches Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft on space station refueling test flight

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2017

    With the launch of the Tianzhou-1 automated cargo ship, China has taken a significant step in being able to support a long-term crewed presence in space. The spacecraft, mounted atop China's Long March 7 carrier rocket, lifted off at 7:40 a.m. EDT (11:40 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) on Hainan Island.

  • China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo ship readied for launch toward Tiangong-2

    Curt GodwinApril 18th, 2017

    Crucial to China's goal of sustaining and resupplying its own space stations, a Long March 7 rocket has been rolled out to the launch pad at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) with the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft encapsulated in its payload fairing.

  • 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 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.