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Long March 2D launches world’s first quantum communications satellite


The Chinese have launched the first satellite that can achieve quantum communications between space and Earth. The launch of the Quantum Science Satellite – called Mozi – took…

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Long March 4C launches Gaofen-3 Earth Observation Satellite


The long awaited launch of Gaofen-3 took place on Tuesday, lofted via the Chinese Long March-4C (Chang Zheng-4C) launch vehicle. The rocket, launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch…

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Chinese Long March 3B launches Tiantong-1 satellite


China launched a communications satellite on Friday that supposedly will be used for mobile communications. The launch of the first Tiantong-1 satellite took place at 16:22 UTC on…

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Chinese conduct surprise Long March 4B launch with Shijian-16-2


China conducted another orbital launch, this time orbiting the Shijian-16 (#2) satellite via the Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4B) rocket. The launch took place from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch…

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China successfully debuts Long March 7 – Recovers capsule


The Chinese conducted the maiden launch of the Long March 7 rocket on Saturday. The launch took place at 12:00 UTC, which also involved the inauguration of is…

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Long March 3C launches BeiDou-2 G7


The Chinese have launched the latest BeiDou-2 Compass satellite via a Long March 3C rocket. The launch – which further supplements China’s Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS) – took…

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Chinese Long March 4B lofts satellites for Ziyuan-3 and Aleph-1 programs


China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite on Monday around 03:17 UTC using the Long March 4B (Chang Zheng-4B) launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center’s…

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China launches Yaogan-30 via Long March 2D


The Chinese have launched the Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite via a Long March (Chang Zheng) 2D (Y27) rocket on Sunday. The launch – from the from the Jiuquan…

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Shijian-10 successfully completes return to Earth


Following in the steps of the Shijian-8 mission in 2006, China has successfully completed the Shijian-10 recoverable satellite mission. The launch of Shijian-10 took place at 17:38 UTC on…

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Long March 3A lofts Beidou-22 satellite


China conducted its third successful orbital launch of the year on Tuesday, orbiting another navigation satellite. The Beidou-22 (or Beidou-2 I6) satellite was launched by a Long March-3A…

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Long March 3C launches Beidou-21 satellite


The second Chinese launch of 2016 took place at 07:29 UTC on Monday, with a Long March-3C/YZ-1 rocket tasked with orbiting another Beidou-3 navigation satellite. The launch of…

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China opens 2016 campaign with Long March 3B launch of Belintersat-1


The Chinese have conducted their first orbital launch of 2016 with the lofting of a new communications satellite for Belarus. Belintersat-1 was launched at 16:57 UTC on Friday…

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Long March 3B lofts Gaofen-4 to close out 2015


The Chinese have closed out the year with the launch of its Long March 3B/G2 rocket. The launch involved the orbiting of a geostationary remote sensing bird, known…

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Chinese Long March 2D lofts DAMPE – A Dark Matter Investigator


A new satellite – that will help humanity to unravel the mysteries of the ‘Dark Matter’ – was launched on Thursday by China. The launch of the DAMPE…

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Long March 3B lofts Chinasat-1C


China launched the second of a new generation of tactical communications satellites. Zhongxing-1C – or Chinasat-1C – was launched at 16:46 UTC on December 9, 2015 – from…

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China launches latest Yaogan Weixing satellite via Long March 4C


China launched another satellite in the military’s Yaogan Weixing series via the use of a Long March-4C (Chang Zheng-4C) rocket. The “YG-29” mission began with liftoff at 21:24…

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Long March 3B lofts LaoSat-1


The Chinese have launched the LaoSat-1 communications satellite for Laos at 16:07 UTC on Friday. The launch was conducted by the Long March-3B/G2 (Y38) launch rocket – launching…

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China launches Yaogan Weixing-28 via Long March 4B


The Chinese launched another satellite on the Yaogan Weixing series on Sunday. Launch of Yaogan Weixing-28 took place at 07:06 UTC using a Long March-4B launch vehicle from…

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Long March 3B launches with Chinasat-2C


China launched a new communications satellite on Tuesday – one that may sport military applications. The Zhongxing-2C spacecraft – otherwise known as Chinasat-2C – was launched at 16:25…

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Long March 2D lofts latest Tianhui-1 satellite


China has conducted the launch of the latest Tianhui-1 satellite, believed to be the third in the range following on from a previous launch in 2012. The launch…