23/24 October 2014
China launched today its Chang'e 4 (Chang'e 5-T1) lunar mission. It marks the start of the 3rd Phase of China's Lunar Exploration Programme.
Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society has some details on her blog:
On board is the 4M amateur radio payload - the first private lunar space mission project. 4M - Manfred Memorial Moon Mission - is dedicated to the late founder and CEO of OHB Systems AG Bremen. The mission is a lunar flyby of a spacecraft that is attached to the last stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. SpaceFlightNow is reporting on this 4M project. Congratulation to China! Congratulation to OHB/LuxSpace!
22 October 2014
China will launch a new lunar mission this week to test technology likely to be used in Chang'e-5, a future lunar probe with the ability to return to Earth. The experimental spacecraft launched this week is expected to reach a location near the moon and return to Earth, according to a source with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Wednesday.
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20 October 2014
China launched the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:31 p.m. on Monday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief.
18 October 2014
Construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province, China’s fourth and most advanced space launch center, has been completed and it will soon become operational, People’s Daily reported on Friday. The center is designed to handle next-generation rockets and space station modules. Building work began in 2009. Situated on the northeast coast of Hainan, about 60 km from Haikou, the provincial capital, the center is the country’s first coastal satellite launch base. The location, about 19 degrees north of the equator, is suitable for launching geosynchronous satellites, heavy satellites, large space station components and lunar and interplanetary missions. Geosynchronous satellites orbit in a fixed position above Earth.