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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. [...]

Tianzhou-1 docked to Tiangong-2 space station

After two days of space journey first Chinese robotic cargo spacecraft reached Tiangong-2 space station and managed to docked yesterday to docking port after rendez vous on 385 km Low Earth Orbit. Three days ago on Thursday, April 20th Long March 7 was launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center to deliver to LEO orbit Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft. Mission of Tianzhou-1 Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 docked to Tiangong-2 space station appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Tianzhou-1 launched !

China launched their first robotic cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, with resupply mission to remaining on 380 km orbit Tiangong-2 space station. This historical launch was performed at 11:43 UTC from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center today with Long March 7 rocket. This is large, long for 53 m modern Chinese rocket launched for the second time in history (for the first time Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 launched ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Long March rolled out with Tianzhou-1

This will be historical mission in the history of Chinese space exploration program – Long March 7 rocket will deliver to orbit first Chinese robotic cargo spacecraft during its second flight. Rocket was already rolled out from assembling facility at Wenchang Satellite launch Center. Roll out was performed on April 17 at 07:30 local time. Rocket will be launched from Wenchang Continue Reading The post Long March rolled out with Tianzhou-1 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]