• Hi Guest! Forum rules have been updated. All users please read here.

Chinese Space Program

sat_dxer

CLEARANCE: Restricted
Joined
Jul 8, 2020
Messages
18
Reaction score
9
Rumors are the next CZ-2F launch on 4 Sept. will be an experimental Space Plane (?)
 
Last edited:

Flyaway

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jan 21, 2015
Messages
3,895
Reaction score
1,825
Rumors are the next CZ-2F launch on 4 Sept. will be an experimental Space Plane (?)
It’s allegedly meant to have been launched by now but there appears to be no news at the moment.
 

sat_dxer

CLEARANCE: Restricted
Joined
Jul 8, 2020
Messages
18
Reaction score
9
Xinhua News Agency: "successfully launched a reusable test spacecraft ... The test spacecraft will be in orbit for a period of time before returning to the scheduled landing site".
 

Flyaway

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jan 21, 2015
Messages
3,895
Reaction score
1,825
Now have a look at that orbit compared to the X-37B.


View: https://twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1301857050515984384


Orbital plane for a 7:00 UT launch (depicted orbit for assumed 350 km altitude) compared to the X-37B OTV 6 orbital plane:
View: https://twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1301857274642788354


Orbital plane crossing of the OTV 6 plane over Jiuquan was at 6:00 UT
 

Flyaway

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jan 21, 2015
Messages
3,895
Reaction score
1,825

Deino

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Staff member
Top Contributor
Senior Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2006
Messages
2,697
Reaction score
440

stealthflanker

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Feb 12, 2010
Messages
524
Reaction score
218
Congratulations to China.

I'm curious if the reusable space craft could also act as "Tanker" to refuel Satellite. US considered refuellable satellite, but so far no real platform assigned to do such thing. I suspect X-37 can be of such a purpose.

Refuelling Satellite have benefit namely extend the use of the Satellite. Current day conventional Satellite's life is limited by its fuel supply, for which used for station keeping maneuver, preventing it from orbital decay.
 

fredymac

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Dec 14, 2009
Messages
2,102
Reaction score
619
I wonder if they will ever release video of the landing given that I haven't seen any video of air drop tests. It would be nice to know what it looks like (a real picture vs someone's artwork). It would be a propaganda plus to do so and wouldn't reveal any secrets.
 

Michel Van

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Aug 13, 2007
Messages
4,559
Reaction score
569
More interesting questions Is this Chinese Reusable Spacecraft a Analog to:

The Soviet BOR test article for Buran shuttle program or the Chinese version of X-37 ?
 

Flyaway

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jan 21, 2015
Messages
3,895
Reaction score
1,825

The third phase of China's lunar exploration project has officially started!
At 9 a.m. this morning, the Yuanwang 21 and 22 rocket transport vessels left the docks of china's Satellite Maritime Survey and Control Department and went to Tianjin Port to carry out the long march 5 remote 5 carrier rocket maritime transport mission, which is expected to arrive in Tianjin Port on September 9, 2020. The Long March V remote 5 carrier rocket is scheduled to launch chang'e-5 at the Wenchang Space Launch Site on November 24, with a total weight of 8.2 tons and consisting of four parts: orbiter, returner, lander and assactor.
 

Flyaway

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jan 21, 2015
Messages
3,895
Reaction score
1,825
Very little is known about the spacecraft, including even its basic design. There are no picture or renders of the craft, but there have been rumors it is a spaceplane similar to the Air Force’s X-37B. A Chinese military source told the South China Morning Post they could not provide details on the mission but that “maybe you can take a look at the US X-37B.”
 

FighterJock

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Oct 29, 2007
Messages
1,467
Reaction score
283

sat_dxer

CLEARANCE: Restricted
Joined
Jul 8, 2020
Messages
18
Reaction score
9
HY 2C (Haiyang = Ocean) launched 21 Sep /20 into a 66° inclination vs the sun-synchronous orbit used in a predecessor series.
 
Top