BRITE-PL “Heweliusz” Satellite of Poland Successfully Launched as Piggyback

19 Aug 2014

At 11:15 Beijing Time (GMT+8) on August 19, 2014, BRITE-PL”Heweliusz” Satellite of Poland was successfully launched as piggyback payload aboard the LM-4B Launch Vehicle for GF-2 Satellite in Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. This launch is the 37th flight of LM-4 series launchers. It also marks the 191th launch of Long March fleet.


China launched HD-Earth observation satellite

19 August 2014
China successfully launched its most advanced Earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, on 19 August. The Gaofen-2, the country's second high-definition satellite in orbit, took-off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province at 11:15 a.m. Beijing Time.

China Chang'e-5 mission: Lunar test orbiter arrives at launch site

12 August 2014
A lunar test orbiter, which will help lay the groundwork for China’s Chang’e-5 mission, has arrived at a launch site in Xichang, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The test orbiter, due to be launched later this year, will be China’s first attempt at returning a lunar probe back to Earth.

Scientists share joy of working on lunar probe

11 August 2014
Members of a space control research team from the China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing discussed during an open house event their work with the public. Wang Pengji was speaking at that forum to introduce an elite 37-member space control research team. Members of the team mainly work on Chinese spacecrafts' guidance, navigation and control systems, and their achievements have enabled Chinese satellites, Shenzhou spacecraft, Tiangong space stations and Chang'e lunar probes to fulfill their missions. In addition, this team is striving to command the key technologies that will be adopted in the country's future space programs such as Mars probes, manned missions to the moon and space-based solar power projects.

NASA's astronaut Leroy Chiao: It makes sense to partner with China

08 August 2014
In an interview with Forbes, U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao recalls his first encounter with the Russian space programme which at the end convinced him that international cooperation is the way to go for the future. He points out that the highly valuable experience of the ISS programme can be applied to work together with China - also for the ISS. He advocates the incorporation of the country also because of establishing a redundancy for crew transport to the orbital outpost: "China has a budget and can build their own modules, contribute hardware and time. The technology is good - I’ve seen it. It makes sense to partner with them now for ISS, then eventually for going back to the moon and on to Mars. I think it would help relations between our countries."

China to test recoverable moon orbiter

10 August 2014
China is preparing for the launch of an experimental recoverable moon orbiter, said the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence on 10 August. The orbiter arrived in Xichang via air in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Sunday and then transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, according to a statement from the administration. The launch will take place before the end of this year, it said.