China’s Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket arrives at launch site

WENCHANG, Hainan, April 30 (Xinhua) — China’s Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket arrived at the launch base in Hainan, south China, on Sunday.

The launch vehicle departed from northern China’s Tianjin on April 24 and sailed 1,670 nautical miles before reaching Wenchang, Hainan Province.

The rocket will be used in the launch of the […]

Chinese YF-100 (Russian RD-120) to Power CZ-5

The YF-100 liquid rocket engine was a Chinese copy of the Russian RD-120, intended to power the new-generation CZ-5, CZ-6 and CZ-7 launch vehicles. The YF-100 development began in 2000 at the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology (AAPT, or the Sixth Academy) in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. The engine was certified by the State Administration […]

China to launch Change-3 in 2013 – Xinhua |


BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhuanet) — China will launch its third spacecraft to land on the moon next year as part of its ongoing Lunar Exploration Program. According to the government, the development of the moon craft is on target for next year’s launch.

The Chang’e-3, named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, […]

China gets a JFK moment

Employees transfer the Long March II-F rocket to the launchpad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

President Obama’s decision in 2010 to cut NASA’s budget and abandon the Constellation program, established by the Bush administration, which was charged with returning Americans to the moon by 2020 and creating an “extended human presence on the […]

China Outlines Space Priorities, Including Debris Mitigation, New Launch Vehicles

The graphic shows part of Long-March series of carrier rockets. Illustration: Xinhua

PARIS — The Chinese government on Dec. 29 issued a broad statement on its five-year space program, saying top priorities include developing three new launch vehicles — including a rapid-response launch system — and mitigating its contribution to space debris.

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China launches module for space station


In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. China launched the experimental module to lay the […]