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News Archive / Tagged: Wenchang Satellite Launch Center

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.