The Long March 5 rocket takes off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan. Photo: Reuters

China’s space programme gets back on track with successful Long March 5 rocket launch

  • CZ-5 mission declared a success after Shijian-20 satellite carrying ‘new era’ communications equipment entered its designated orbit on Friday evening
  • Commander said team had ‘solved the problems’ that had led to two previous setbacks
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The Long March 5 rocket takes off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan. Photo: Reuters
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.