Destination: Mars — China’s biggest rocket blasts off again - SupChina
Free

We're a new type of news publication

China news you won't read elsewhere.

Weekly Newsletter

Get a roundup of the most important and interesting stories coming out of China.

Podcasts

Sinica, TechBuzz China, and our 6 other shows are the undisputed champs of China podcasts. Listen now.

Feature Articles

Interactive, web-based deep dives into the real China.

Premium

Join the thousands of executives, diplomats, and journalists that rely on SupChina for daily analysis of the full China story.

Daily Newsletter

All the news, every day. Premium analysis directly from our Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Goldkorn.

24/7 Slack Community

Have China-related questions and want answers? Our Slack community is a place to learn, network, and opine.

Free Live Events & More

Monthly live conference calls with leading experts, free entry to SupChina live events in cities around the world, and more.

"A jewel in the crown of China reporting. I go to it, look for it daily. Why? It adds so much insight into the real China. Essential news, culture, color. I find SupChina superior."
— Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China

Free

We're a new type of news publication

China news you won't read elsewhere.

Weekly Newsletter

Get a roundup of the most important and interesting stories coming out of China.

Podcasts

Sinica, TechBuzz China, and our 6 other shows are the undisputed champs of China podcasts. Listen now.

Feature Articles

Interactive, web-based deep dives into the real China.

OR… for more in-depth analysis and an online community of China-focused professionals:

Learn About Premium Access Now!
Learn More
Minimize
Learn More
Minimize

Destination: Mars — China’s biggest rocket blasts off again

rocket

Photo credit: SupChina illustration by Derek Zheng

China’s space program is taking off: The country has ambitious plans to launch its fifth lunar lander, send a rover to Mars, and begin operating its China Space Station, all in the next few years.

These all depend, however, on the flagship rocket launcher actually working. A core stage engine failure on a July 2, 2017, launch of the Long March 5 rocket delayed numerous space projects as the failure was investigated.

The Long March 5 is now flying again, after a successful launch on December 27. The Global Times reports that it “successfully sent a high-throughput communication satellite Shijian-20 into planned orbit.”

The rocket will be critical for all three of the aforementioned projects, Spaceflight Now explains — going to the Moon for China’s fifth time, going to Mars for its first time, and setting the China Space Station into orbit.

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.