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China Suffers Huge Setback With Satellite Launch Failure
2013-12-09 14:11:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China’s space program was dealt another setback on Monday when it lost a $250 million Earth observation satellite just days after successfully launching its first lunar rover. The satellite, developed by China and Brazil, was lost when a Long March 4B rocket failed to put the spacecraft into its proper orbit. "The rocket malfunctioned during the flight, and the satellite failed to enter orbit," sources told the state-owned Xinhua...

Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft Successfully Docks With Chinese Space Station
2013-06-14 09:19:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two days after launching from the Gobi Desert aboard a Long March 2F rocket, China´s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has docked with the country´s Tiangong-1 orbiting space module, according to state media. The docking procedure was performed around 1 pm Beijing time via automated controls. After the Shenzhou-10 crew completed pressurization checks, they entered the orbiter and traded their protective space suits for blue jumpsuits,...

China Launching Shenzhou-10 This Summer
2013-02-28 21:06:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to Xinhua news agency, China's space program said in a statement on Thursday it will be launching a new spacecraft, along with three astronauts, this summer. The statement said the Chinese astronauts will be boarding the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft between June and August this year. The new mission will mark the first formal application of the manned space transportation system. China launched its own orbiting...

China Launches Tianlian I-03 Satellite
2012-07-28 05:31:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China just keeps on keeping on with its space program, sending off its Tianlian I-03 satellite into orbit on Thursday. The satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, according to Xinhua news agency. Tianlian I-03 flew aboard a Long March-3C carrier rocket to space, and it will be joining up with two other satellites that are already waiting for it to arrive in orbit. The satellite will...

China Launching Unmanned Spacecraft In November
2011-10-26 13:45:10

China said on Wednesday that it will launch an unmanned spacecraft early next month that will attempt to dock with an experimental module. This move is another step closer for the country to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. The Shenzhou 8 will carry out maneuvers to dock up with Tiangong 1 module, which is currently in orbit. The spacecraft will ride on a modified Long March-2F rocket into space, which were transferred to the launch pad early on Wednesday. The...

China Launching Unmanned Space Module Next Week
2011-09-21 05:05:17

  A Chinese official said on Tuesday that the country plans to launch an experimental spacecraft next week that will be a big step in developing its first space station. The Tiangong 1 will blast off from a site in the Gobi Desert between September 27 and 30, according to the Xinhua news agency. The news agency said the Tiangong 1, or "Heavenly Palace", will launch aboard the Long March rocket on a pad at Jiuquan in northwest Gansu province. "The main task of the Tiangong 1...

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2011-03-04 16:10:55

Twenty of the 22 rocket manufacturing facilities are completed in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, the Global Times said. The increasingly ambitious country is gearing up to build rockets for its budding space program with an eye towards landing astronauts on the moon.The latest rockets, named Long March IV and V will be designed and built at the 500-acre complex, AFP reports, citing Liang Xiaohong, vice head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.With a payload capacity...

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2010-10-10 07:15:00

China's second lunar probe entered the moon's orbit Saturday, three years after its first successful lunar probe launch, which remained in orbit for 16 months. The news, reported by Chinese state media, comes just eight days after the Long March 3C rocket carrying the Chang'e-2 probe blasted off from its launch center. The probe will begin "scientific exploration activities soon," said the Xinhua news agency, quoting the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. The probe will first circle the...

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2010-07-27 06:10:00

A new super-powerful engine is being considered by Chinese engineers for the next generation of space rockets, according to officials. Li Tongyu, general manager of marketing at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), told BBC News that engineers are currently analyzing a rocket engine with the thrust of 600 metric tons, burning an extremely potent liquid oxygen propellant. If the development is a success, it would increase the country's space capabilities exponentially....

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2009-09-14 12:30:00

China on Monday started construction on its newest space center on Hainan island. The Wenchang Space Satellite Launch Center will be the nation's fourth launch base and its first coastal space center. The launch center should be completed by 2013, according to reports from the Hainan Daily. According to AFP, Chang Wanquan, of the Central Military Commission, and Chen Qiufa, head of the State Commission for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, were in attendance at the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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