Posts Tagged ‘china’

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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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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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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…

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Three person crew of China’s Shenzhou-10 return to Earth


The Chinese Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has returned its three member crew safely back to Earth following a 15 day mission in space, most of which involved docked operations with…

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Long March 3B/E launches with Chinasat-11


The Chinese have launched the Chinasat-11 (Zhongxing-11) communication satellite via a Long March 3B/E (Chang Zheng-3B/E) rocket on Wednesday. The launch took place at 16:06 UTC from the…

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China end 2012 with Long March 2D launch of Göktürk-2


China’s closing act on the orbital launch theatre for 2012 took place today at 04:12 UTC with the launching of the second Turkish made satellite, Göktürk-2, from the…

China’s Long March 3C lofts another Compass-G into orbit


The Chinese were back in action on Thursday, launching the sixth Compass-G satellite into orbit via their Long March 3C (Chang Zheng 3C) launch vehicle. The 15:33 UTC launch…

Long March 2C launches Shijian-9 tech demonstrator satellite duo


The Chinese have launched their much delayed Shijian-9 mission on Sunday, involving a pair of technology demonstrator satellites.  The launch took place at 03:25UTC from the Taiyuan Satellite…

Chinese Long March 2D launches Venezuela’s VRSS-1 satellite


A Chinese Long March 2D (Change Zheng 2D) has launched with Venezuela’s VRSS-1 ‘Francisco de Miranda’ remote sensing satellite on Saturday. The launch took from place from the Pad…

China back in action with dual Compass launch


China has launched a new pair of navigation satellites today to upgrade its satellite navigation constellation. The launch of the Compass-M5 and Compass-M6 satellites took place at 19:10UTC…

Long March 3C launches China’s third tracking and data relay satellite


A Long March 3C (Chang Zheng 3C) has returned China back into action for the first time since their Shenzhou-9 manned rendezvous and docking mission. The launch of…

Shenzhou-9 successfully returns to Earth


The three member crew of China’s Shenzhou-9 have safely returned to Earth, following a successful – and historic – docked mission with the unmanned space module Tiangong-1. The…

China’s Shenzhou-9 successfully docks with Tiangong-1


The three person crew of Shenzhou-9 – including the first Chinese woman to fly in space – have successfully conducted the first crewed docking for their country. Docking…

Chinese Long March 2F/G launches Shenzhou-9 on historic mission


Four years after the launch of the historical Shenzhou-7 EVA mission, China is writing another chapter his space history with the launch of the manned Shenzhou-9 mission. On board,…

China launches Yaogan 15 via Long March 4C at short notice


A Chinese Long March 4C has launched with a military passenger – understood to be the Yaogan 15 military satellite – from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Launch…

China launches Tianhui-1B via Long March 2D


China launched the second TH-1 Tianhui-1 satellite - Tianhui-1B - on Sunday, using a Long March 2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Launch took place…

Chinese Long March 3B/E launches Apstar-7


China opened their 2012 commercial launch manifest with the lofting of the Apstar-7 into orbit. The launch took place at 10:27UTC from the LC2 launch platform at the…

China paving the way for first female taikonaut


China appears to be on the brink of selecting female taikonaut for the up-coming Shenzhou 9 mission, likely to launch in early June. Following the success of last…

Long March 3C launches fifth Compass-G satellite into orbit


The Chinese were back in action on Friday, launching the fifth Compass-G satellite into orbit via their Long March 3C (Chang Zheng 3C) launch vehicle. The 16:12 UTC launch…