ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Jan 21, 2015
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A new experiment increases the distance between two communicating parties from 62 miles (100 km) to 756 miles (1,200 km.)
Orbital plane for a 7:00 UT launch (depicted orbit for assumed 350 km altitude) compared to the X-37B OTV 6 orbital plane:
Orbital plane crossing of the OTV 6 plane over Jiuquan was at 6:00 UT
Orbit elements of "A Certain Chinese Spaceplane" and the LM-2F 2nd stage that launched it have been released by @18SPCS
46389/2020-063A: 332 x 348 km x 50.20 deg.
46390/2020-063B: 328 x 348 km x 50.20 deg.
These TLEs should be enough to track back a more precise launch time.
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.
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.”
Banxing 3? as suggested by Robert ChristyAccording to chaps who follow these things, it seems the spaceplane ejected a small sub payload.
Early days of space flight
a Probe does it job until mission was over
In the present day Space Probe take selfies...
The mysterious OBJECT A [46395, 2020-063G] left behind from the Chinese 'spaceplane' test is still emitting strongly on S-band. Evidence in the signal intensity changes indicates it possibly continues to tumble. Data was obtained with my S-Band omni antenna.
Here's a plot of the TLEs of OBJECT A, PRC TEST SPACECRAFT and it's CZ-2F R/B since launch.