China to Test Rocket Usability Using the Long March 8

China is developing a launch vehicle whose first stage they can reuse, and the vehicle will first launch in 2020. Speaking at a space conference in Harbin, China Academy of Launch Vehicle’s Long Lehao revealed that the academy has plans for a Long March 8 medium launcher. According to the initial plan, they wanted to […]

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 […]

Long March 5 debut delayed but successful !

Maiden flight of Long March 5 heavy rocket started with 100 minutes of delay but finished with full success. It is already second maiden flight of Chinese rocket in 2016 performed from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan Province and one from multiple successes of CNSA in present year. Long March 5 is for sure important […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tianzhou mission plan unveiled !

CNSA, Chinese space agency, decided to unveil plan of the mission of their first automatic cargo spacecraft which will be launched in following month to Tiangong-2 space station. According to official announcements given last Saturday, we know the plans for first resupply mission in the history of Chinese space program. Maiden mission is planned for […]

China confirmed in-orbit refueling !

According to Chinese media (Xinhua news agency) one of satellites launched on atop of Long March 7 rocket on June 25, 2016, performed successful in-orbit refueling of other spacecraft. Xinhua announced about this success on June 30, 2016. One of the payload known as Tianyuan-1 (earlier known as ZGZ Shiyan Zhuagzhi) was demonstrator of technology of in-orbit refueling. […]

Sino-Russian cooperation in space-is it possible ?

Few decades ago it would be considered as a joke but in the present conditions it could be considered as reality. According to Russian sources, cooperation with China in joint development of new super heavy launch vehicles, which could be utilized during Moon mission, is more than possible. Both countries are developing own Moon exploration […]

Experimental capsule launched on atop of LM-7 returned to Earth !

CNSA can consider mission of the Long March 7 as full success. After launch, correct flight and deployment of the payload, Chinese space agency could put another thick in the box in LM-7 mission plan. Experimental capsule of future Chinese spacecraft returned successfully to Earth. Capsule landed on parachute on Badain Jaran Desert at 07:41 GMT […]

Long March 7 launched !

Chinese Long March 7 rocket started its maiden mission from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center Launch Pad 201. Rocket was launched punctually at 12:00 GMT, although previous gossips that launch will be postponed to 13:30 GMT. According to Chinese media rocket delivered to orbit experimental model of capsule of new Chinese manned spacecraft along with one Aoxiang […]