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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | Long March 5 | Chang’e 5

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is scheduled to launch a Long March 5 rocket as part of the Chang’e 5 mission. The launch window for the Robotic Exploration mission is on 11/24/2020 UTC (UNCONFIRMED) from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 5 and experience the excitement for yourself.

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Mission: Chang’e 5

Chang’e 5 is China’s robotic sample return mission, which is set to bring back at lest 2 kg of lunar soils and rock samples. The probe will perform a soft landing on the Moon, then rendezvous and dock with the return module in lunar orbit and fly back to the Earth.

Rocket: Long March 5

Long March 5 is a Chinese heavy lift launch system developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). CZ-5 is the first Chinese vehicle designed from the ground up to focus on non-hypergolic liquid rocket propellants. Currently, two CZ-5 vehicle configurations are planned, with maximum payload capacities of ~25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb) to LEO and ~14,000 kilograms (31,000 lb) to GTO. The Long March 5 roughly matches the capabilities of American EELV heavy-class vehicles such as the Delta IV Heavy.

Agency: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

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This post was last modified on September 19, 2020 11:15 pm

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