19 September 2018
China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-9 in 2028, said an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) at the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 on 18 September. China will launch its first Mars probe in 2020, which is expected to orbit, land and put a rover on the Red Planet in 2021, after ten months of flying. The second Mars mission will be a sample-return mission, scheduled for 2028. China will also probe asteroids and undertake an exploration mission to the Jupiter system around 2030.
He also mentioned that China promotes the cooperation between government and social capital and will improve government procurement of commercial aerospace products and services. A new regulation regarding rocket launchers will be released shortly. Furthermore, China supports open and shared commercial space launch sites.
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