China’s ‘Heavenly Vessel’ Sails into Orbit atop Long March 7 Rocket on Space Logistics Demonstration

China’s aspirations of establishing a permanent outpost in orbit around Earth reached new heights on Thursday with the successful launch of the country’s first Tianzhou cargo spacecraft – embarking on a five-month shakedown mission to demonstrate China can keep its future modular space station stocked up on supplies and fuel.

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Long March 7 Rocket rolls out ahead of China’s First Orbital Logistics Mission

China’s Long March 7 rocket was moved to its launch pad on Hainan Island on Monday for the country’s first orbital logistics mission to prove critical technologies for the upcoming Chinese Space Station (CSS) that will begin deployment in 2018 to build a permanent Chinese outpost in orbit.

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China progresses toward first Orbital Logistics Mission, Space Station Module finishes Assembly

China is progressing toward the country’s first logistics mission set for liftoff in April to demonstrate a critical component of the long-term operation of China’s Space Station CSS that is being readied to begin deployment in 2018

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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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China lands Prototype Crew Spacecraft after inaugural Long March 7 Launch

The inauguration of China’s Long March 7 rocket on Saturday way capped by the successful landing of the re-entry vehicle carried aboard the launcher to demonstrate the landing profile and heat shield of the country’s next generation crew vehicle.

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