China Space News
November 28, 2016
China launches 4th data relay satellite
Beijing (XNA) Nov 25, 2016
China successfully launched the Tianlian I-04 satellite on Tuesday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket at 11:24 p.m. Beijing time, said sources with the center. Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the satellite will join its three predecessors to achieve global network operation. The network is expected to provid ... read more

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China launches first heavy-lift rocket
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China to launch Long March-5 carrier rocket in November
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US, China hold second meeting on advancing space cooperation
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China to enhance space capabilities with launch of Shenzhou-11
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