Category Archives: CAST

Chinese reusable technology – next dimension of competition with USA

China seems to spot how important is adding reusable technology to launch vehicles and started to improve pace of development of own technology, which could help in reducing prices of delivering payload to orbit. Once in 2016 Chinese news agency Xinhua informed about progress in development of reusable rockets program in China. News from April…
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Long March 7 started its journey to Wenchang Satellite Launch Center

New Chinese rocket, medium Long March 7 started its journey from China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology factory near Tianjin to Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China. According to Xinhua news agency first Long March 7 rocket was loaded today to "Yuan Wang-21" cargo ship in the port of Tianjin. Destination is Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, most modern Chinese…
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Taikonauts on the Moon in 2036 !

China is going to send men to the Moon on 2036 - is it only ambitious goal or possible objective ? After unveiling plans of planned for 2018 launch of first module of new Chinese space station with possibility of permanent habitation, we have another sign that China is not abandoning plans for becoming world…
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Shijian-10 returned to Earth !

Chinese returnable research satellite Shijian-10 (SJ-10, NORAD ID: 41448) successfully returned after 12 days space journey to Earth. Satellite returned three days earlier than it was previously announced (mission was described with duration of 15 days). It was launched at 17:38 GMT on April 5, 2016 and spent 12 days remaining on LEO at 220 km x…
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Surprise from China – 22nd Beidou satellite on orbit !

China launched on Tuesday, 29 March 2016, their next navigation satellite to support development of Beidou navigation system. CNSA is not slowing down and still gives impressive pace in competition on navigation system market. Yesterday on 29 March 2016 punctually at 20:11 GMT, CNSA launched on atop of Long March 3A rocket their next Beidou…
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Chinese Mars rover to reach Red Planet on 2021 !

China planned unmanned Mars mission for 2020 and became undisputable leader in Asian space race. Chinese scientists decided to unveil some details about their Mars program. Thanks to Xinhua news agency we know more about plans for increasing Chinese presence in Mars race. According to information which was given to public, China is going to send to Mars…
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First Chinese commercial space company on horizon !

It seems that ultimately we will be able to separate Chinese military, civilian and commercial space program. It is highly possible that soon we will see establishing of first private space company in China. According to Xinhua news agency and their article from 15 March 2016, Chinese authorities are considering possibility of giving agree for establishing…
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Super heavy Chinese rocket not before 2030

It seems that Chinese competition for SLS will be launched not before end of next decade. China News Service press agency announced that new Chinese super heavy rocket will not be launched since 2030. According to Source close to China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for the moment priority for CAST will be developing Long March…
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New horizons to reach- next Chinese small launch vehicles in 2016 !

In spite of medium and heavy Long March rockets, China space industry is going to offer variety of adequate launch vehicles especially for being continuously downsized satellites. Please take a look on picture above and imagine that this man is holding imaging satellite. It weighs around 1 kg. Compare it to payload capacity of medium sized…
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