Shijian-18

Long March 5 fails and causes loss of Shijian-18 satellite

It is second time when technical problems are interrupting launch of the rocket from China in 2017. Last time Long March 3B suffered for not unveiled problems with third stage after being launched on 18 June from Xichang Satellite Launch Center with Chinasat-9A communications satellite. To give full view of previous launch with problems, it should be added, that Chinasat-9A reached space, Continue Reading The post Long March 5 fails and causes loss of Shijian-18 satellite appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Chinese heavy communications satellite Shijian-18 will be launched in June 2017

CNSA, Chinese space agency is planning to launch in June heavy communications satellite, Shijian-18. It will be heaviest satellite launched in the history of Chinese space program with estimated weight exceeding 7 metric tons. Satellite will be delivered to GTO orbit on the top of the Long March 5 rocket, which was delivered to Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the Continue Reading The post Chinese heavy communications satellite Shijian-18 will be launched in June 2017 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]