A new experiment increases the distance between two communicating parties from 62 miles (100 km) to 756 miles (1,200 km.)
Would be interesting if there were any pictures available of the Spaceplane getting launched on the Long March 2F rocket.
View: https://twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1301857274642788354Orbital 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.”
Not another incident involving parts of Chinese rockets falling onto populated areas? And what makes this new incident worse is that the part of the rocket fell near a school, I really hope that no one was injured.
Banxing 3? as suggested by Robert ChristyAccording to chaps who follow these things, it seems the spaceplane ejected a small sub payload.