China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Long March 5 / YZ-2

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation


Successes: 123 Failures: 6 Pending: 18


Launch Vehicle

Long March 5 / YZ-2

Configuration: YZ-2
Family: Long March 5


Government/Top Secret

This will be the maiden flight of the Long March 5, which is China's next-generation heavy-lift space launch system, comparable in performance to the European Ariane 5 and the U.S. Delta IV Heavy. The rocket is powered by RP-1 and Hydrogen, and will be able to place 25 tonnes into low earth orbit. It is carrying Shijian-17, an experimental satellite, reportedly tasked with testing ion propulsion systems for future space station keeping uses.

Launch Window

NET: November 3rd 2016 - 12:43 UTC

Launch Window

Open: November 3rd 2016 - 12:30 UTC

Close: November 3rd 2016 - 13:00 UTC

Watch the Launch

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Wenchang, China