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Long March 6 launches Jilin-1 trio


China launched three commercial remote sensing satellites to be used for high definition video in what is known as the Jilin-1 constellation. The launch took place at 04:50…

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Long March 4C launches Fengyun-3D and HEAD-1 co-passenger


China launched its latest Fengyun-3 polar orbiting meteorological satellite on Tuesday via a Long March 4C rocket. Launch – which included the HEAD-1 satellite as a co-passenger – took…

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Long March 3B successfully returns with dual Beidou-3 mission


China successfully launched a new pair of navigation satellites – namely the Beidou-3M1 (Beidou-24) and Beidou-3M2 (Beidou-25) navigation spacecraft – on Sunday, using a Long March-3B/YZ-1 rocket that…

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Chinese Long March 2D launches VRSS-2


China launched the second remote sensing satellite for Venezuela using a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle on Monday. This was the first use of the CZ-2 rocket…

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China returns to action with Long March 2C launch of Yaogan-30 01


After two launch mishaps that casted a shadow on the launch plans for 2017, China conducted a secretive launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province on…

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Long March 5 suffers failure with Shijian-18 launch


China launched its second Long March-5 (Chang Zhen-5) rocket on Sunday carrying a super-heavy experimental communications satellite. The launch took place at 11:23 UTC from the Wenchang Space…

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Long March 3B lofts ChinaSat 9A – third stage issue reported


Three days after the successful launch of the Huiyan (HXMT) X-ray space telescope, China was back in action with the launch of a new communications satellite from the…

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China launches X-ray telescope via Long March 4B


Initially scheduled for launch back in 2010, China has finally launched the long-awaited Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) using a Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4) launch vehicle from the Jiuquan…

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Tianzhou-1 – China launches and docks debut cargo resupply


China is taking another significant step on the road towards a permanent presence in space, following the Long March 7 (TZ-1) launch of Tianzhou-1 – the first Chinese…

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Long March 3B launches experimental ChinaSat-16 satellite


The Chinese returned to launch action with the lofting of a new experimental communications satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The launch was conducted by the Long…

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Experimental Tiankun-1 lofted during secretive KT-2 launch


China orbited a small experimental satellite called Tiankun-1 (TK-1), utilizing the Kaituozhe-2 (KT-2) rocket, new launch vehicle. Launched at 23:45 UTC on Thursday from the Jiuquan Launch Center,…

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Chinese Kuaizhou-1A rocket launches several small satellites


China orbited three small satellites using the Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Launch Center. The launch was originally scheduled for the last day of 2016. However,…

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Long March 3B launches second TJSW spacecraft for China


China kicked off its 2017 campaign with the successful launch of the second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing (TJSW) spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Launch took place…

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SuperView duo launched by Long March 2D – Suffers problem


The first Long March 2D to launch from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center launched the first pair of a new civilian multi-sensor commercial remote sensing satellite constellation for…

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Long March 2D launches TanSat carbon dioxide monitoring spacecraft


China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring at 15:22 UTC on December 22 using a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle. Launch…

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Long March 3B launches Fengyun-4A meteorological spacecraft


China launched the first of a new generation geosynchronous meteorological satellites on Saturday. The launch of Fengyun-4A satellite took place at 16:11 UTC using the Long March-3B/G2 (Y42)…

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Busy December to mark end of year global launch salvo


Up to 15 orbital launches are set to take place during a very busy December, not counting the opening mission of the month that resulted in the loss…

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Long March 3C launches fourth Tianlian-1 spacecraft


China orbited its fourth tracking and data relay satellite in the Tianlian-1 range known as ‘Sky Link’ on Tuesday. The launch took place at 15:24 UTC from the…

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Shenzhou-11 returns Chinese duo to Earth


The Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-11 – and most importantly its crew of two taikonauts – have successfully returned to Earth after China’s longest crewed mission into space. The spacecraft undocked from…

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Long March 2D fires opening salvo in new weather observation constellation


China launched the first satellite of a new orbital meteorological constellation. The Yunhai-1 (01) was launched at 23:14 UTC by a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle from…