Launch of two remote sensing satellites probably only with partial success

Today China launched first pair of new commercial remote sensing satellites – Gaojing-1-1 and Gaojing-1-2. First pair will be followed by another two with planned launch in 2017. Mission was covering delivering pair of the satellites to SSO orbit with altitude of 500 km. Both should be placed on same position of  180° and operate […]

New weather satellite launched from Chinese space port in Sichuan province

CNSA conducted yesterday launch of Long March 3B rocket with latest weather satellite, Feng Yun-4A. Rocket took off at 16:11 UTC (00:11 local time on 12 December) from LC-3 complex at Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Feng Yun-4A is first from series of six satellites representing Feng Yun-4 generation. It is based on SAST-5000 satellite bus […]

Carbonsat launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

China launched their latest research satellite, TanSat (known also as Carbonsat) with mission dedicated to measuring level of carbon dioxide in atmosphere. Satellite will operate for next 3 years from circular orbit with altitude of 700 km with inclination at 98.2º. Mission of the Tansat is mainly objected on research useful in protecting natural environment. […]

Weather satellite launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

Two days after launching XPNAV-1 on atop of Long March 11 CNSA managed to conduct another launch; this time under fairing of Long March 2D Yunhai-1 weather satellite was delivered to orbit. Long March 2D started yesterday at 23:14 GMT from LC-43 launch pad 601 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.  Due the lack of live broadcast […]

Failed launch of Long March 4C with Gaofen-10 on atop

Yesterday, on August 31, 2016, China launched their medium Long March 4C rocket with Gaofen-10 imaging satellite on atop from LC-9 at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. After launch conducted yesterday at around 19:00 GMT rocket failed to reach space and put satellite into designated orbit. Character of this mission was classified and CNSA gave very little […]

QUESS launched from the cosmodrome on Gobi desert !

China managed to put into orbit QUESS  scientific satellite. Spacecraft will perform tests of next generation communication system which will utilize quantum technology for data transfer. Satellite was named “Mozi” and is result of the cooperation between Austria and China. Main objective of the program is creating communication system highly resistant for jamming or attempts of hacking. Spacecraft […]

Gaofen-3 SAR satellite launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center

Next Chinese remote sensing satellite equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar was launched today at 06:55 local time on atop of Long March 4C.  Rocket with satellite under payload fairing was launched at 22:55 GMT on August 9 from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center placed in Northern China; as previously launched Gaofen satellites (Gaofen means “high resolution” […]

Gaofen-10 within hours – 02:40 GMT on 15th May 2016 !

Another Chinese imaging satellite will be launched tomorrow on 02:40 GMT from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on atop of Long March 2D – standard rocket used for Chinese reconnaissance and imaging satellites. China again decided not to announce details about flight, but luckily some leaks were spotted basically thanks to the warnings referring to airspace […]

Yaogan on the orbit – Chinese satellite launched succesfully on 26 November 2015

Chinese Xinhua news agency announced about successful launch of next Yaogan satellite today at 0524 local time (26 November 2015 21:24 UTC). It is fourth satellite from Yaogan series, this time with number 29, launched in November (about previous You can read here). Again China informed about launch post factum and again Yaogan-29 was described as research and observation […]

Chinese chameleon – Yaogan-28 satellite was launched today on atop of Long March 4B rocket

China is still far from full giving to public their space plans. Due this fact, sometimes about launches we are informed post factum. This time China surprised public with information about launching Yaogan-28 satellite today at 07:06 UTC. According to China.org.cn, main objective in this mission are purely scientific: “The satellite will be used for […]