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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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    Long March-2D launches SaudiSat 5A, SaudiSat 5B and CubeSats

    Published on Dec 7, 2018

    A Long March-2D rocket launched SaudiSat-5A, SaudiSat-5B and several CubeSats from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, northwest China, on 7 December 2018, at 04:12 UTC (12:12 local time).

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    Long March-11 launches Hongyun-1

    Published on Dec 21, 2018

    A Long March-11 carrier rocket launched the Hongyun-1 satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China, on 21 December 2018, at 23:51 UTC (22 December, 07:51 local time). Hongyun-1 is the first satellite of the planned Hongyun (虹云, “rainbow cloud”) constellation, which seeks to establish a low-orbit broadband communication satellite system to improve internet connectivity. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) plans to launch another four experimental Hongyun satellites before the end of 2020 to form a small network for Hongyun’s trial run.

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    Long March-3C launches TJS-3 satellite

    Published on Dec 24, 2018

    A Long March-3C carrier rocket (Changzheng 3C, CZ-3C, 长征三号丙) launched the third communication technology test satellite (TJS-3) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, on 24 December 2018, at 16:53 UTC (25 December, 00:53 Beijing time). According to official sources, the satellite entered its designated orbit.

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    Long March-2D launches Hongyan-1 and six Yunhai-2 satellites

    Published on Dec 29, 2018

    A Long March-2D rocket launched Hongyan-1 and six Yunhai-2 satellites from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, northwest China, on 29 December 2018, at 08:00 UTC (16:00 local time). Hongyan-1 is the first satellite of the Hongyan (鸿雁, “Wild Goose”) constellation, a global Internet constellation of 300 low-orbit small satellites planned to be completed by 2025. The six Yunhai-2 satellites will be used to study atmospheric environment, monitor space environment, prevent and reduce disasters, and conduct scientific experiments.

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    Long March-3B launches ChinaSat-2D (Zhongxing-2D)

    Published on Jan 10, 2019

    A Long March-3B rocket launched the ChinaSat-2D satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, southwest China, on 10 January 2019, at 17:11 UTC (11 January at 01:11 local time). ChinaSat-2D or Zhongxing-2D (中星2D) is a communications satellite operated by China Satellite Communications.

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    Chang’e-4 landing explained

    Published on Jan 12, 2019

    Zhang Hongbo, chief designer of Chang’e-4’s ground application system, explains Chang’e-4’s landing in the Von Karman Crater, located in the Aitken Basin, in the South Pole region on the far side of the Moon, on 3 January 2019, at 02:26 UTC (10:26 Beijing time).

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