China Space News
July 17, 2024
Beijing Unveils 'Rocket Street' to Boost Commercial Space Sector

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 16, 2024
Beijing has announced the launch of the "Rocket Street" project, which aims to create a national-level hub for scientific research and production to enhance China's commercial space industry. Located in Beijing E-town, an economic and technological development zone in the southeast of the city, the "Rocket Street" project will span 140,000 square meters. It will feature key facilities such as a common technological platform, a high-end manufacturing center, and an innovation research and developme ... read more
Chinese Scientists Develop Novel Rosa Roxburghii Varieties via Space Breeding
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 08, 2024
Chinese researchers have successfully cultivated new varieties of rosa roxburghii, derived from 528 plantlets grown from 28.2 grams of seeds that spent 186 days aboard the Shenzhou XV manned spacesh ... more
Shenzhou XVIII Crew Successfully Completes Second Spacewalk
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 08, 2024
The Shenzhou XVIII crew aboard China's Tiangong space station concluded their second spacewalk at 10:51 pm (Beijing Time) on Wednesday, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Ye Guangfu, ... more
Shenzhou XVII Crew Shares Post-Mission Insights with Media
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 08, 2024
The astronauts of China's Shenzhou XVII mission held their first press conference on Friday, two months after returning from their space expedition. The three crew members - Tang Hongbo, Tang ... more
Shenzhou 18 Crew to Conduct Second Extravehicular Activities
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 03, 2024
Since the success of the first extravehicular activity on May 28 this year, Shenzhou XVIII crew members have completed tasks sequentially in the space station, including the maintenance and installa ... more
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Private companies key players in China's space development
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 03, 2024
The trial of Tianlong 3 a two-stage kerosene-liquid oxygen rocket developed by Beijing Tianbing Technology failed in Gongyi, Henan province, on Sunday. The company apologized on Tuesday for the acci ... more
Hainan Launch Center Completes Construction for First Mission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 12, 2024
Construction of the Hainan International Commercial Aerospace Launch Center has been completed in Wenchang, Hainan province, after nearly two years of work, the center announced in a news release. ... more
China announces first astronaut candidates from Hong Kong, Macau
Hong Kong (AFP) June 11, 2024
China on Tuesday announced the first astronaut candidates from its special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong, with the latter calling it a "glorious page" in the city's history. ... more
Ten make the cut for China's fourth batch of astronauts
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 11, 2024
Ten candidates, including eight space pilots and two payload specialists, have been selected for China's fourth batch of astronauts, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced on Tuesday. ... more
China Open to Space Collaboration with the US
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 07, 2024
China has expressed its willingness to engage in space exchanges and cooperation with the United States, urging the US to eliminate barriers hindering such collaborations. "The remarks were ma ... more
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China sees commercial sector as next frontier in US space race
Shanghai (AFP) June 6, 2024
A world-first launch from the far side of the Moon this week showcased China's progress in space, and Beijing now wants its commercial sector to catch up to rivals such as Elon Musk's SpaceX. ... more
Shenzhou 18 crew conducts first spacewalk
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 29, 2024
The Shenzhou XVIII crew conducted their first spacewalk outside the Tiangong space station on Tuesday, completing several assignments, according to the China Manned Space Agency. The agency sa ... more
Zebrafish on China's space station reported to be in good condition
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 21, 2024
The four zebrafish aboard China's Tiangong space station, orbiting about 400 km above Earth, are in good condition, according to experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Experts sha ... more
China sends experimental satellite into orbit with Long March 4C rocket
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 13, 2024
An experimental satellite was launched into space aboard a Long March 4C carrier rocket on Sunday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, situated in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China. ... more
International Support for China's Chang'e-6 Lunar Mission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 06, 2024
On Friday, an international gathering praised the robust global partnership involved in China's Chang'e-6 lunar mission and expressed a unified intent to expand cooperation in lunar and deep space v ... more
Shenzhou XVII astronauts safely back from Tiangong space station

Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 01, 2024
The crew of Shenzhou XVII has successfully returned to Earth after a six-month tenure aboard the Tiangong space station, marking the conclusion of their extensive orbital mission. The crew's spacecraft, Shenzhou XVII, landed its reentry capsule in the Gobi Desert at the Dongfeng Landing Site in Inner Mongolia at precisely 5:46 pm following a nine-hour return journey. Upon landing, the capsule underwent immediate safety checks by Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center personnel who then opened the c ... read more
Shenzhou XVIII crew takes command at Tiangong space station
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 30, 2024
China's Shenzhou XVIII mission crew members have successfully completed the in-orbit handover with the outgoing Shenzhou XVII team, China Manned Space Agency confirmed. During a formal ceremon ... more

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Shenzhou XVIII astronauts enter space station
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 26, 2024
The Shenzhou XVIII manned spaceship's three astronauts successfully entered China's space station early on Friday. Later, the two groups of astronaut crew members will conduct an on-orbit rota ... more
China launches new crew to Tiangong space station as lunar plans progress
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 25, 2024
Following a successful launch on Thursday, China has initiated its latest mission to the Tiangong space station. The Shenzhou 18 spacecraft, carrying three crew members, was launched aboard a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan spaceport in northwest China. The crew, consisting of Ye Guangfu, 43, Li Cong, 34, and Li Guangsu, 36, is set to undertake a six-month expedition aboard the station. ... more
China's Shenzhou-18 mission docks with space station: Xinhua
Jiuquan, China (AFP) April 25, 2024
A spaceship carrying three astronauts from China's Shenzhou-18 mission safely docked at Tiangong space station Friday, state-run media reported, the latest step in Beijing's space programme that aims to send astronauts to the Moon by 2030. ... more
China outlines objectives for Shenzhou XVIII space mission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 25, 2024
China's Shenzhou-18 mission, set for a six-month duration at the national space station, will include a series of in-orbit scientific tests and applications, alongside multiple spacewalks, as detail ... more
Scientific projects on China's space station yield significant results
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 25, 2024
The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) has completed over 130 scientific research and application projects aboard its space station, reporting significant advancements, according to a recent press con ... more
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