06 July 2017
The communications satellite Zhongxing-9A has entered its preset orbit over two weeks after its launch on 19 June. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the Long March-3B launch, which failed to deliver the satellite as planned.
The satellite conducted 10 orbit adjustments with its onboard thrusters and reached on 5 July its preset orbit at 101.4 degrees east longitude over the equator, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on 6 July.
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05 July 2017
China National Space Administration has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the German Space Agency regarding cooperation on the Chang’e 4 lunar probe following the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 05 July.
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05 July 2017
South Africa joined the space programme of the Brics nations on Tuesday in the first substantive project in space co-operation between the member countries.
A statement from the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) said the country joined the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the State Space Corporation “Roscosmos” (Roscosmos) in Russia, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to create the Brics Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.
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02 July 2017
The launch of China's latest heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, was announced unsuccessful on 2 July in the evening. An anomaly occurred during the flight of the rocket. Further investigation will be carried out.
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04 July 2017
The failure of China's Long March 5 rocket deals a rare setback to China's highly successful space program that could delay plans to bring back moon samples and offer rival India a chance to move ahead in the space rankings. Experts say the still unexplained mishap shows that for all its triumphs, China's space program is not immune to the tremendous difficulties and risks involved in working with such cutting-edge technology.
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02 July 2017
China launched the Long March-5 Y2, the country's second heavy-lift carrier rocket, from Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern province of Hainan in the evening of 2 July. The rocket, carrying the Shijian-18 satellite, blasted off at 7:23 p.m. Beijing time, trailing a vast column of flame.
The launch is the last test for the Long March-5 series before its mission to send the Chang'e-5 lunar probe into space in the latter half of this year, which will return with samples.
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