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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…

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Second launch for Long March 11 – lofts five satellites


The Chinese have conducted the second launch of the Long March-11 solid fuel rocket – this time carrying five small satellites into orbit. The launch took place from…

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China conducts Long March 5 maiden launch


China has successfully conducted the maiden launch of its Long March-5 (Chang Zheng-5) rocket on Thursday, after years of intense development to create a launch vehicle capable of…

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Shenzhou-11 docks with Tiangong-2 in latest Chinese space station mission


The Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-11 – and its crew of two taikonauts – has successfully docked with the Tiangong-2 space module at 19:24 UTC. The docking begins a month long mission in…

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Chinese duo launched to begin Shenzhou-11 mission


Following weeks of secrecy, China has launched its sixth crewed space mission on Sunday. The launch of Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong on Shenzhou-11 took place at 23:30…

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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 in September, 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…