Maiden Flight

Overview

Destination: None
Mission: Test Flight

Wenchang Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

This is the maiden flight of Long March 5B rocket, which is to be used for delivering modules for China's new space station. This launch is also the first test flight for China's new generation crewed spacecraft.

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Additional Media

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长征五号遥一运载火箭预计于5月5日在文昌卫星发射中心发射,发射窗口为北京时间18:00至次日00:00。CASC plans to launch LongMarch-5B Y1 on Tuesday, May 5, in the launch window from 18:00 to 24:00 (BJT), f...


SpaceNews

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Large chunks of a Chinese rocket missed New York City by about 15 minutes

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Spaceflight Now

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China’s next-generation crew spacecraft lands after unpiloted test flight

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NASA Spaceflight

New Chinese crew capsule completes test flight, returns to Earth

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Long March 5B

Family: Long March 5
Configuration: B

The configuration of the CZ-5B variant consists of the Long March 5 core stage with its four strapped-on liquid-fueled boosters, but the usual second stage will be absent; in place of the second stage would be heavier low earth orbit payloads.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    53.66 m
  • Diameter
    5.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    837 T
  • Thrust
    10565 kN
Family
  • Name
    Long March 5B
  • Family
    Long March 5
  • Variant
    B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Long March 5B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    25000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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Chairmen & President: Lei Fanpei Founded: 1999 Successes: 210 Failures: 10 Pending: 13

Agency Type: Government

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.

INFO WIKI

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Pad: Wenchang


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