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Chinese Long March 2C launches final Shijian-11 satellite


The Chinese have launched what appears to be the final satellite of the Shijian-11 series. Shijian 11-08 was launched at 06:59UTC on October 27, 2014, using a Long…

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China launches lunar sample return test mission


The Chinese have launched the third phase of its lunar exploration program on Thursday. Launch of the Chang’e-5-T1 mission took place at 1800UTC, utilizing a Long March-3C/G2 launch…

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China lofts Yaogan-22 via Long March 4C rocket


The Chinese have launched another new satellite in the military’s Yaogan Weixing series via the use of a Long March-4C (Chang Zheng-4C) rocket. The mission began with lift off…

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China launches another secretive Shijian-11 mission


The Chinese have orbited a new satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Sunday. Utilizing their Long March 2C (Chang Zheng 2C) launch vehicle, the mission involved…

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Long March 4B lofts Yaogan-21 in surprise launch


The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch, this time with the Long March 4B rocket reported to have lofted a new satellite in the Yaogan Weixing series. The…

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Chinese Long March 2D lofts satellite duo


The Chinese have launched a Long March 2D rocket on Thursday morning, lofting the Chuangxin 1-04 and the experimental Ling Qiao satellites into orbit. Launch occurred at 00:15 UTC…

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Chinese Long March 4B launches Gaofen-2 and BRITE-PL-2


China’s return to launch action continued with the Tuesday launch of a new high-resolution observation satellite. The Gaofen-2 (GF-2) was launched at 03:15 UTC by a Long March-4B…

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China returns to action with Yaogan Weixing-20 mission


Closing a four month gap since the previous orbital launch, China successfully launched the Yaogan Weixing-20 mission from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Launch took place on Saturday…

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NRC Pathway approach to Mars includes Lunar landings, Chinese alliance


A lengthy National Research Council (NRC) report into the US Human Space Flight program cited the need for a “Pathway” approach to NASA’s exploration ambitions, stepping stones that would…

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China opens 2014 campaign with secretive satellite launch


The Chinese finally opened their 2014 campaign with the launch of a Shijian-11 class satellite. A Chang Zheng 2C (Long March 2C) rocket lofted a mysterious satellite – understood to be…

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YIR (Part II) – Lunar and Saturnian exploration captures public’s attention


Capturing and holding the attention of the general public for space exploration purposes is often a difficult thing to achieve. But 2013 saw not only NASA but also…

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Long March 3B/E lofts TKSat-1 for Bolivia


A Chinese Long March 3B/E launched the the TKSat-1 satellite for Bolivia on Friday. The launch took place at 16:42 UTC from the LC2 Launch Complex of the…

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China’s Chang’e-3 and Jade Rabbit duo land on the Moon


China’s Chang’e-3 and the lunar rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) have landed on the lunar surface at 1:11 pm UTC on Saturday. The duo were launched by a Long…

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Brazil’s CBERS-3 spacecraft lost following Chinese failure


A Chinese Long March 4B launched the CBERS-3 satellite at 03:26 UTC on Monday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.  However, despite initial news of a launch success, the…

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Chang’e-3: Chinese lunar rover heading to the Moon


The Chinese have begun their most ambitious lunar mission to date, following the successful launch their Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 probe and Yutu lunar rover….

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Chinese Long March 2D launches Shiyan Weixing-5


The Chinese were back in action again on Monday, launching the Shiyan Weixing-5 (SW-5) satellite via their Long March 2D rocket. Launch occurred at 02:12 UTC from the Jiuquan…

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Long March 4C launches Yaogan Weixing-19


Another “secret” Chinese launch took place on Wednesday, when a Long March 4C orbited the Yaogan Weixing-19 satellite. Launch took place at 03:31 UTC from the LC9 launch complex…

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Chinese Long March 2C lofts Yaogan Weixing-18 satellite


The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center conducted yet another secretive launch on Tuesday morning (local time), when a Long March-2C orbited the Yaogan Weixing-18 satellite. Launch took place at…

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Chinese Long March 4B lofts Shijian-16 satellite


The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch, this time orbiting the Shijian-16 satellite via the Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4B) rocket. The launch took place from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center…

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Kuaizhou – China secretly launches new quick response rocket


China launched a brand new rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 04:37 UTC on Wednesday. The Kuaizhou “quick-vessel” is an all solid launch rocket that had…