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April 20-26, 2020 / Vol 39, No 16 / Hawai`i Island, USA

17 Apr 2020, 20:44 UTC
April 20-26, 2020 / Vol 39, No 16 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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China Celebrates 50 Years of Space Exploration Ahead of Vital Upcoming Hainan LM-5 Launches

Space Day of China, April 24, the 5th such annual observance, will commemorate China’s entry into space with launch of satellite Dongfanghong 1. While celebrations of national space achievement in Zhongguo (China) may be muted due to ongoing health concerns, Space Day marks half a century of exploration amid a pivotal time for the China Space Program. Solid fuel Kuaizhou rockets are to take a pair of Xingyun communications satellites to orbit this month – the first of a planned CASIC ‘Internet of Things’ constellation. Expace, developer of the commercial variant 1A is located in hard-struck Wuhan, and will dedicate the launch to victims. China’s newest, largest and most equatorial Spaceport 19° N, Wenchang SLC on the free trade zone Island of Hainan, will be home to the most exciting upcoming mission launches. It is from there that a Long March 5 human-rated variant (LM-5B) rocket is to lift space station core module Tianhe – an uncrewed test flight which is to be carried out in April, perhaps even coinciding with Space Day commemoration. NET July, LM5 is also to launch Huoxing-1 (Mars-1) mission from Wenchang ...

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