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Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2

After refueling finished last week, this time Tianzhou-1 robotic cargo spacecraft and Tiangong-2 space station separated for five hours to perform rendez vous maneuver. Tianzhou-1 conducted correct separation yesterday. Maneuver was performed completely without any engagement from Earth – both Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 were relying only on their onboard computers during whole process. After releasing bolts at 01:37 UTC cargo spacecraft Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Long March 3B failed, Chinasat-9A remains on lower orbit

Long March 3b suffered for some kind of problems during last launch. CNSA admitted on Monday that their latest satellite launched on the top of the Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 18, 2017, remains on lower orbit that it was previously planned. It was officially confirmed that satellite was delivered to space and it is Continue Reading The post Long March 3B failed, Chinasat-9A remains on lower orbit 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. [...]