Long March 5  | Chang'e 6

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | Long March 5 | Chang’e 6

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is scheduled to launch a Long March 5 rocket as part of the Chang’e 6 mission. The launch is scheduled on 05/31/2024 00:00 UTC for the Planetary Science mission launching from Wenchang Space Launch Site, People’s Republic of China. The status of the launch is Date/Time TBD. 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 6

Chang’e 6/CE-6 is scheduled to launch in 2024 to return samples from the Far Side of the Moon (near southern edge of the Apollo Basin) for the first time. International science instruments from France, Italy, Sweden and Pakistan will also be on board.

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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