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China developing new seven-seat crewed spaceship: chief designer​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-06-08 19:33:30

BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- China is developing a next-generation spaceship that features seating for up to seven people, the country's manned space agency revealed Thursday.

Roomier than the current three-seater spaceship, the new one will be able to carry more cargo supplies and more crew members, which will contribute to expanding the scale of manned spaceflights and opening up new areas, such as space tourism, said Zhou Jianping, the chief designer of China's manned space program, in an interview.

A new launch vehicle is also under development. According to Zhou, the new manned rocket is designed to have greater liftoff thrusts, reusable components and a larger area for payloads, becoming more cost-efficient than the previous generations.
 

China's Kuaizhou-1A rocket launches new satellite​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-06-09 15:25:30

JIUQUAN, June 9 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched a Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket to send a new satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 10:35 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Friday.

The Longjiang-3 experiment satellite has entered the planned orbit.

It will be used to verify satellite communication and remote sensing technologies.

It was the 20th flight mission using a Kuaizhou-1A commercial carrier rocket.

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China launches record-setting 41 satellites on single rocket​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-06-15 14:57:15

TAIYUAN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- China launched a Long March-2D rocket to place 41 satellites in orbit on Thursday, setting a domestic record for the most satellites lifted in one go.

The rocket blasted off at 1:30 p.m. (Beijing Time) at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China and soon took the satellites, including the Jilin-1 Gaofen 06A, into preset orbit.

These satellites will be used for commercial remote sensing services and verification of related technologies, said the launch site.

This was the 476th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.

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China launches record-setting 41 satellites on single rocket​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-06-15 14:57:15

TAIYUAN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- China launched a Long March-2D rocket to place 41 satellites in orbit on Thursday, setting a domestic record for the most satellites lifted in one go.

The rocket blasted off at 1:30 p.m. (Beijing Time) at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China and soon took the satellites, including the Jilin-1 Gaofen 06A, into preset orbit.

These satellites will be used for commercial remote sensing services and verification of related technologies, said the launch site.

This was the 476th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.

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China launches new space experiment satellite​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-06-20 19:39:45

TAIYUAN, June 20 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday launched a Long March-6 carrier rocket to place a new experiment satellite in space.

The rocket carrying the Shiyan-25 experiment satellite lifted off at 11:18 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. The satellite successfully entered the preset orbit.

This satellite will mainly be used to carry out new Earth-observation technology experiments.

The Long March-6 carrier rocket was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, a China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation subsidiary.

Fueled by liquid propellant, the three-stage rocket has a carrying capacity of one tonne for a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 700 kilometers.

It is capable of sending a single satellite or a group of satellites of various types into space.

This was the 477th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.

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China Completes Record-Breaking 25 Space Launches in H1 2023​

 

China's New Digital Earth Observation Platform Launched​

 

China launches new satellite to test satellite internet technologies​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-07-09 21:08:15

JIUQUAN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- China on Sunday sent a new test satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The satellite was launched by a Long March-2C carrier rocket at 7:00 p.m. (Beijing Time) and entered the planned orbit.

It will carry out test missions for satellite internet technologies.

The launch was the 478th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.

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China launches first globally successful orbital mission for methane-fueled rocket​

By Zhao Lei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-07-12 09:41

China successfully flight-tested a methane-propelled carrier rocket on Wednesday morning at a launch facility in its northwestern Gobi Desert, marking the first orbital mission of any methane-fueled rocket in the world.

The rocket, named ZQ 2 - or Rosefinch 2, blasted off at 9 am at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and transported an experimental payload into Earth's orbit, said LandSpace, a Beijing-headquartered private enterprise that designed and built the rocket.

The successful mission also made ZQ 2 the largest and most powerful private rocket in China.

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China Focus: China unveils preliminary plan on manned lunar landing​

Source: Xinhua
Editor: huaxia
2023-07-12 20:14:30

WUHAN, July 12 (Xinhua) -- China plans to land its taikonauts on the moon before 2030 to carry out scientific exploration, according to a preliminary plan released by the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Wednesday.

The plan is to launch two carrier rockets to send a lunar lander and a manned spacecraft to a lunar orbit, respectively. The craft and lunar lander will rendezvous and dock with each other, and then taikonauts will enter the lander.

As the lunar lander descends and arrives at the preset area on the lunar surface, taikonauts will carry out scientific tasks and collect samples.

After completing the planned tasks, taikonauts will return to the lander, which will lift them back to the lunar orbit to dock with their spacecraft.

In the final step, the spacecraft will fly taikonauts back to Earth with lunar samples.

Chinese researchers are working on the development of the Long March-10 carrier rocket, a new generation of manned spacecraft, lunar lander, lunar landing spacesuit, manned lunar rover, and other equipment, said Zhang Hailian, deputy chief designer with the CMSA at a space industry forum in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

The new carrier rocket will have three and a half stages with a carrying capacity of about 27 tonnes to the lunar transfer orbit, and the rocket body is five meters in diameter.

The new generation of manned spacecraft has three parts -- an escape tower, a re-entry capsule, and a service capsule, Zhang said, adding that the new spaceship will employ module designs that can satisfy the needs of both near-Earth and deep-space explorations.

The landing rover will consist of two parts -- a landing section and a propulsion section, and can send two taikonauts to the lunar surface at the same time.

The lunar rover will weigh 200 kg and can accommodate two taikonauts.

In addition, the spacesuit being developed for the moon landing, with a single working time of no less than eight hours, will feature better mobilities to help taikonauts walk, climb, squat, drive, and operate machines.

Zhang said China would also explore the construction of a lunar scientific research station and carry out systematic and long-term lunar exploration and related technical tests and verification.
 

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