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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2015 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fifteen years after its concept was first conceived and six years after its development began, China's CZ-6 (Chang Zheng-6, or Long March-6) orbital launcher made its maiden flight on Sept. 20, 2015, SinoDefence reports.
The CZ-6 rocket was delivered to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre (TSLC) in August 2015. The launch was originally scheduled for 07:00 CST on 19 September (18 September, 23:00 UTC). However, the launch was aborted at T minus 10 minutes due to a technical issue. 24 hours later, at 07:01 CST on 20 September (19 September, 23:01 UTC), the rocket finally lifted off, lofting a multi-payload of 20 micro- and nano-satellites into orbit.

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The Chinese People's Daily just had an article on the estimated launch dates for the new generation rockets; Long March 5 and 7.
"China's new generation carrier rockets, Long March 7 and Long March 5, will make their respective maiden flights in June and at the end of September to the beginning of October in 2016," said Lei Fanpei, the chairman of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASC).

According to a CASC statement, Long March 5 is currently being tested at Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan province. The current focus for Long March 7 is rocket production for the maiden flight.

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China Xinhua News on Twitter:
China successfully launches its new generation carrier rocket Long March-7, ushering in China's space lab mission.
The launch of the 174-foot-tall (53-meter) rocket, powered by kerosene-burning rocket engines, reportedly carried a sub-scale prototype of China's next generation crew capsule. The flight also marked the first use of the new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island, located south of the Chinese mainland.

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China Xinhua News on Twitter:
A reentry module aboard carrier rocket Long March-7 touches down successfully in Badain Jaran Desert in north China.

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Interesting how these images don't show the capsule clearly. Are there any close ups?

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Pre- and post-flight:

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China rolled out its first Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket to the launch pad on Oct. 28. Launch is expected on or about Nov. 3.

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China's first Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket launched from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island, off China's southern coast, on Thursday (Nov. 3) at 8:43 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT; 8:43 p.m. Beijing time).

The Long March 5, which stands 187 feet (57 meters) tall is capable of lofting 27.6 tons (25 metric tons) to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and 15.4 tons (14 metric tons) to geostationary transfer orbit, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.

Thursday's maiden launch carried Shijian-17, an experimental satellite designed to test electric-propulsion technology.

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