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Archive for the ‘China Spaceflight’ Category

Chinese-Western spaceflight cooperation?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

China has participated in spaceflight for a rather short time. While the first satellite was launched in 1970, the beginnings were rather slow. Decades later China's space program doesn't need to hide itself. China has achieved what few other nations have: Sending a man into orbit around earth. At this ...

China’s TianGong-1 space station

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

On September 29, 2011 China successfully launched its first space station TianGong-1, written in Chinese as 天宫一号, which means heavenly palace 1. With this article I want to give a overview of the TianGong project and an outlook on what we can expect in the next months. Technical Details The completely assembled ...

Eutelsat launches on Chinese rocket

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

I'm preparing the promised article about the Chinese space station, however I want to post this news about an Chinese launch to space with a Western satellite. On October the 7th the satellite Eutelsat W3C was launched by a Chinese Long March 3BE carrier rocket to a geostationary orbit. Eutelsat ...

China successfully launched its first space station TianGong-1

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Video of the TianGong-1 launch by China Central Television. That's really impressive! I'll do a more complete writeup of the TianGong-1 mission in the next days. In case you want a more complete picture of the Chinese space program, check out my China spaceflight article.

China is going to build a moon rocket

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

A catchy title for a news story where details are pretty much in the dark. The news seems to be, that China has either started researching, or maybe agreed upon, or maybe implemented financing, or something else of a heavy lift rocket capable of sending humans to the moon. The ...

Chinese space plans includes a third space station

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I have previously talked a lot about the Chinese space program, because I love looking at space stations as much as watching an emotional football match. I just stumbled at this outline of the Chinese manned spaceflight, which details the previous and future Chinese manned space program. It's from October ...

2010 and beyond: China’s space program

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

One of the hottest newcomers in the space race is China and this is a good moment to look at what China has achieved in space so far. In August 2008 I did a writeup of China's history in spaceflight, now it's time for an update, answering two key questions: What ...

Chinese moon map from Chang’e released

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Warning: Don't jump in Cheer and Happiness - this is only partly good news Quite some months ago the Chinese send their first satellite called Chang'e to the moon to create a modern moon map. A lot of people had expectations towards this mission, but once again the result is causing ...