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Launch 2020: China’s Space Program Continued to Surge with a Number of Firsts
Long March 3B lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. (Credit: China Aerospace Science and Technology Group)

China’s surging space program showed no sign of slowing down last year as it tied its own launch record and moved ahead with ambitious space missions and a set of new launchers.

China compiled a record of 35 successes and four failures in 2020. That matched the number of launch attempts made in 2018, a year that saw 38 successes and a single failure.

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  • June 24, 2021
Chinese Kuaizhou 1A Rocket Fails After Launch

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

A Kuaizhou 1A rocket failed to orbit the Jilin-1 Gaofen 02C optical remote-sensing satellite after liftoff from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday afternoon.

The official Xinhua news agency attributed the failure to the “abnormal performance” of the launch vehicle. An investigation has commenced.

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  • September 12, 2020
EXPACE Raises $182 Million for Small Satellite Launchers

CASIC Rocket Technology Company, also known as EXPACE, reports that it has raised 1.2 billion yuan ($181.5 million) to develop its Kuaizhou family of satellite launchers, Xinhua reports.

CASIC Rocket Technology Company, based in the central city of Wuhan, said it signed fund raising agreements with eight investment institutions at the Shanghai United Assets and Equity Exchange Monday.

Zhang Di, vice president of China Sanjiang Space Group and chairman of CASIC Rocket Technology, said the original shareholders did not participate in the capital raising.


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  • December 20, 2017
Mid-Year Launch Report: U.S. (& SpaceX) in the Lead

We are now halfway through 2017, so it seems like a good time to take a look at the year in orbital launches. ORBITAL LAUNCHES THROUGH JUNE 2017 NATION SUCCESSES FAILURES PARTIAL FAILURES TOTAL United States 13 0 0 13 Russia 8 0 0 8 China 6 0 1 7 Europe 5 0 0 5 India 4 0 0 4 Japan 3 1 0 4 New Zealand 0 1 0 […]

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  • June 29, 2017