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    TanSat CarbonSat) launched by Long March 2D

    Published on Dec 21, 2016

    TanSat, China’s first CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) monitoring satellite, was launched by a Long March 2D (Chang Zheng 2D) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert, on 21 December 2016, at 19:22 UTC (22 December, 03:22 Beijing time). TanSat was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kilometers above the Earth and will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere every 16 days, during its three-year mission.

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    Tianzhou-1 launched by Long March-7 Y2

    Published on Apr 20, 2017

    The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft was launched by a Long March-7 Yao-2 carrier rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan Province, China, on 20 April 2017, at 11:41 UTC. Tianzhou-1 is China’s first cargo spacecraft and will dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab three times to test in-orbit liquid propellant refueling. The Long March-7 Y2 (LM-7 Y2) carrier rocket (Chang Zheng 7) version was adapted especially to launch the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft.

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