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’s Long March 3B Lofts Shijian-13 Satellite to Test High-Throughput Communications & Ion Drive

China’s Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday, lofting into orbit the country’s first high-throughput communications satellite that is set for an experimental mission to test out electric propulsion and laser communications.

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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’s Long March 2D Rocket runs into Trouble during SuperView Satellite Launch

China’s Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 3:23 UTC on Wednesday, carrying into orbit the first two high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites in a new multi-sensor, commercial Earth Observation Constellation.

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Chinese Carbon Dioxide Hunter blasts off atop Long March Rocket

China’s first dedicated mission to monitor Carbon Dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere blasted off atop a Long March 2D rocket on Wednesday, embarking on a three-year mission designed to inform Chinese policy makers in the continued effort to reduce emission of the greenhouse gas

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Successful Yunhai-1 Launch inaugurates new Chinese Weather Satellite Constellation

China’s Long March 2D rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday night, lifting into orbit the Yunhai-1 weather satellite to mark the inauguration of a new constellation of meteorological satellites orbiting Earth in polar orbits.

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Chinese Long March 11 launches first Pulsar Navigation Satellite into Orbit

China’s Long March 11 rocket performed its second launch on Thursday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center to lift a group of small satellites into orbit in support of a demonstration of pulsar navigation and Earth Observation.

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