China's Space Program News Thread


anzha

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After the successful return to flight of the powerful Long March 5 closing the orbital launch activities for China in 2019, the country launched another secretive Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing (TJSW) satellite on January 7, opening what could be a record-breaking year. The launch took place at around 15:20 UTC using the Long March 3B/G2 (Y64) ‘Chang Zheng-3B/G2’ launch vehicle from the LC2 launch complex of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
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anzha

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China launched another satellite for its Jilin-1 remote sensing constellation orbiting the Kuanfu-1 (Wideband-1) satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on January 15. The launch took place at around 02:53 UTC from the LC9 launch complex using the Long March-2D (Y58) rocket.

Together with Jilin-1 Kuanfu-1, the first mission from Taiyuan in 2020 orbited two new satellites for the Argentinian Aleph-1 constellation and the Chinese micro-satellite Renmin-1, although post launch information shows that was apparently replaced by Tianqi-5.
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correction to nasaspaceflight article:

Kuanfu-1 is Jilin-1, not separate. Kuanfu does not mean "wide band" but means "broad frame" or broad FOV (field of view). 宽(kuan)幅(fu) = broad frame/view.

The confusion is because Jilin-1 is not A satellite but rather constellation. So far, including "Kuanfu-1" there are 16 Jilin-1 satellites in orbit.

Kuanfu-1
亚米级超大幅宽商业光学遥感卫星“吉林一号”宽幅01星(又称“红旗一号-H9”)。
“吉林一号”宽幅01星是长光卫星技术有限公司自主研发的新型高性能光学遥感卫星。该星充分继承“吉林一号”卫星成熟单机及技术基础,首次采用大口径大视场长焦距离轴三反式光学系统设计,具有高分辨、超大幅宽、高速存储、高速数传等特点。卫星入轨后,将与此前发射的15颗“吉林一号”卫星组网,为政府及行业用户提供更加丰富的遥感数据和产品服务。
AKA "red_flag-1-H9". Sub-metre super wide frame optical remote sensing.
Based on previous Jilin-1 platform, new features include large aparture, large FOV, long focal length and off-axis three-mirror reflector.
 

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China going to Mars:

“The Chinese mission is the most complicated by far, combining an orbiter, lander and rover together,” said Dylan Taylor, chief executive officer of Voyager Space Holdings, a Denver-based investor in space companies. “If they’re successful, then it will unequivocally put China’s space program in the top tier.”
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China Next Generation Spaceship
Length:8.8 meter
Weight:21.6 tonne
it has arrived Wenchang space center, and it will be launched in april 2020 by Long March-5B

According to CAST's Vice Chief Designer of the next generation crew spacecraft, this prototype will be on a 3 day mission in orbit ending with the spacecraft making a high speed re-entry test from a high elliptical orbit (a la Orion EFT-1). The spacecraft will have a LEO version (reported at ~14 tonnes) and a BLEO version (~21 tonnes) that will only differ in the service module; this prototype is of the BLEO version.
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