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    Long March-2C launches CFOSat (China-France Oceanography Satellite)

    Published on Oct 28, 2018

    A Long March-2C launch vehicle launched CFOSat (China-France Oceanography Satellite) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, northwest China, on 29 October 2018, at 00:47 UTC (08:47 local time). CFOSat was developed jointly by CNES (Centre national d'études spatiales) and CNSA (China National Space Administration) to study ocean surface winds and waves. The satellite has two radar instruments: SWIM (Surface Waves Investigation and Monitoring) which will survey the length, height and direction of waves; and SCAT (wind SCATterometer) which will measure the strength and direction of winds. As secondary payload, Long March-2C launched five small satellites: Xiaoxiang-1, Zhaojin-1, Tianfuguoxing-1, Changshagaoxin and CubeBel-1.

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    China’s new rockets: Long March-9, Long March-8 and Smart Dragon

    Published on Nov 8, 2018

    China’s new rockets, Long March-9, Long March-8 and Smart Dragon, were presented at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. Long March-9 (Chang Zheng-9) is a heavy-lift launch vehicle designed to carry a payload of 140 tonnes into low-Earth orbit and 50 tonnes into Earth-Moon transfer orbit. China plans to launch Long March-9 around 2030. Long March-8 (Chang Zheng-8) is a medium-lift launch vehicle, expected to make its maiden flight in 2020. Smart Dragon No.1 or Lightning Dragon No.1 is the first rocket in the Lightning Dragon series, developed by ChinaRocket under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

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    Long March-3B launches BeiDou-3 MEO-17 and BeiDou-3 MEO-18

    Published on Nov 18, 2018

    A Long March-3B rocket launched BeiDou-3 MEO-17 and BeiDou-3 MEO-18 navigation satellites from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, southwest China, on 18 November October 2018, at 18:07 UTC (19 November at 02:07 local time). The satellites are the 42nd and 43rd in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), respectively the 17th and 18th for the BeiDou-3 system. China plans to launch six other BDS-3 satellites to the medium earth orbit, three satellites to the inclined geosynchronous earth orbit and two satellites to the geostationary earth orbit from 2019 to 2020.
    Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)

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