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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…

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APSTAR-9 rides uphill on China’s Long March 3B


China has launched the APSTAR-9 communications satellite – on behalf of a Hong Kong-based satellite operator – on Friday. The launch was conducted by a Long March-3B/G2 rocket,…

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China launches Jilin-1 mission via Long March 2D


China launched four satellites to provide photographs to commercial clients while helping with harvest assessment, geological disaster prevention and resource surveys. The launch of the Jilin-1 mission took…

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Chinese Long March 3B lofts next Beidou-3 satellite


The fifth Chinese launch in September took place at 23:13 UTC on Tuesday (Wednesday morning local time) with a Long March-3B/G2 rocket orbiting another Beidou-3 navigation satellite. The…

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China debuts Long March 11 lofting Tianwang-1 trio


Following the successful debut launch of the Long March-6 rocket just days previous, China has now debuted the new Long March-11 solid launch vehicle, orbiting three “Tianwang-1” satellites…

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China lofts Gaofen 9 via Long March 2D


The second of possibly five orbital launches by China in September, took place at 04:45 UTC on Monday with the launch of another “remote sensing” satellite from the…

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Long March 3B conducts another secretive launch


A super-secretive satellite was launched by China from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Saturday. Launch of the unknown spacecraft – unofficially claimed to be the Communications Engineering Test…

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Long March 4C lofts latest Yaogan Weixing satellite


Confirming the rumors that have circulated over recent days, China has launched another new satellite in the military’s Yaogan Weixing series via the use of a Long March-4C…