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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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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26 June 2017
China has set the window to launch its Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket between July 2 and 5, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Carrying Shijian-18 communication satellite, the rocket was vertically transferred to the launch area at Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on 26 June.
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13 June 2017
 Pressure ratcheted up on 13 June on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to effectively deny a Chinese firm's purchase of Canadian satellite communications company Norsat, over national security concerns. Its purchase by Hytera Communications was approved earlier this month, after a routine security analysis.
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22 June 2017
China's Tianzhou 1 cargo spacecraft has begun a three-month independent flight after detaching from the Tiangong II space laboratory on 21 June morning, according to the China Manned Space Agency. The un-docking sequence started at 9:17 am and lasted about 30 minutes. Tianzhou 1 now operates in an orbit nearly 390 kilometers above the ground, the agency said in a news release on 21 June.
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20 June 2017 - updated: 22 June 2017
The Chinese authorities have invited the Russian Space Agency Roskosmos to take part in a project for the construction of the planned Chinese space station, however, Russia has not made a decision over this issue yet. This statement was made on 19 June by the Head of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Igor Komarov. “They made an offer, we are exchanging proposals on the participation in projects, but they have different inclination, different orbit and the plans that differ a bit from ours. At the moment, there are agreements and plans for the future, we do not have anything concrete,” Mr. Komarov told reporters at the Le Bourget Airshow 2017 in France.
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