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China prepares for Shenzhou-11 crew announcement for launch to Tiangong-2


Following the successful launch of Tiangong-2 space module earlier this month, China is now gearing up for the launch of its next crewed space mission, Shenzhou-11. The next…

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China launches Tiangong-2 orbital module


China took another step on its long march to a permanent orbital outpost with the launch of the Tiangong-2 orbital module from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The…

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China to launch Tiangong-2 in September ahead of new crew mission


China will make another big step in its manned space program with the launch of a new orbital laboratory and a new manned space mission in the next…

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Long March 4C apparently fails during Gaofen-10 launch


China has unofficially suffered its first failure of the year during the attempt to launch the Gaofen-10 remote sensing satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday….

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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…