Chinese Space Program

China makes its own mark in space with Shenzhou-10

The Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Photo: Reuters

The successful launch of Shenzhou-10 last week pushed China over a psychological hump that has confronted every nation's space programme, as it moves from nervous risk-taker to sure-footed explorer.

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Controversial Turkish satellite launch caps year for China's space programme

A Long March rocket carrying Turkish satellite GK-2 blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. Photo: Xinhua

China successfully put a controversial Turkish spy satellite into orbit yesterday, capping off an intense, failure-free year for the Chinese space programme that also saw its first manual space docking.

20 Dec 2012 - 10:29am

Space city in the desert not so secret

Dongfeng Space City sounds hi-tech but it looks plain.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Two big steps for China in space

China launched three astronauts - including its first woman - into orbit yesterday on a mission that will see the crew attempt a difficult manned docking with the Tiangong-I space module, a critical step in the nation's ambitious plan to build a space station by 2020.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shenzhou-IX launch could be on Saturday

The earliest China would be able to launch its Shenzhou-IX manned spacecraft would be Saturday, mainland media reported yesterday while giving information about the two female candidates vying for the mission.

The City Express, based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, quoted an unidentified person involved in the mission as saying that the launch window could open on Saturday.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rocket scientists' deaths revealed 16 years later

Mainland television viewers learned the names of two space scientists whose deaths were kept secret for 16 years for the first time last week.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Space mission can bring nations closer

While the West wrestles with post-financial crisis debt and deficit budgeting, China has issued a white paper outlining its ambitions in the most money-hungry of human enterprises - space exploration.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Launch hits new level of precision

An unmanned spacecraft that was launched from Jiuquan, Gansu, yesterday set a record for precise space delivery, underlining China's ability to place a rocket in any location - or on any object - in near-earth orbit.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Vice-premier to attend official opening at Tamar

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Dreams inspire space camp's chosen few

Once, a trip to Nasa facilities in the United States was the dream of youngsters who aspired to become astronauts. Now, it may be a visit to Beijing and to the nerve centres of China's space programme.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

'Undisputed genius' is city's most famous son

Perhaps the best-known figure from Hangzhou in China's modern history is Qian Xuesen, honoured as the Father of China's space and missile programmes.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

China launches GPS satellite No 8

China will launch an eighth navigation satellite to perfect its Beidou-2, or Compass, satellite navigation and positioning network within days, the Ministry of National Defence said on its website. It said the satellite would be sent into orbit by a Long March 3C rocket at Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Folk singer made major general

Prominent mainland folk singer Song Zuying, known as former president Jiang Zemin's favourite artist, has been promoted to major general by the navy, mainland media reports. Ms Song, awarded a top merit for her 'professional talent', is an officer with the People's Liberation Army art troupe.

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27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Mothballed heavy-lift rocket earmarked to launch high-orbit satellite next month

A heavy-lift rocket that the mainland has been holding in storage for nearly a decade will blast off in April. If successful, the launch vehicle will strengthen capabilities to send low-cost satellites into high orbit.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Mainland astronauts eye first spacewalk this year

The mainland's third manned space vessel will blast off in the second half of the year in a mission that analysts say will probably be the first step towards establishing a permanent outpost in space.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am