China to develop new-generation launch vehicles

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    A quantum satellite and a satellite for detecting dark matter are also in the works according to the local press reports。

    English.news.cn 2011-12-29 10:44:08

    BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- China will develop new-generation launch vehicles, such as Long March-5, Long March-6 and Long March-7, in the next five years, a governmental white paper said Thursday.

    The Long March-5 (1st launch scheduled for 2014)will use non-toxic and pollution-free propellant, and will be capable of placing 25 tonnes of payload into the near-Earth orbit, or placing 14 tonnes of pay-load into the GEO orbit, said the white paper "China's Space Activities in 2011" released by the State Council Information Office.

    The Long March-6 will be a new type of high-speed response launch vehicle, which will be capable of placing not less than 1 tonne of payload into a sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 700 km.

    The Long March-7 will be capable of placing 5.5 tonnes of payload into a sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 700 km, according to the white paper.

    The country will also conduct special demonstrations and pre-research on key technologies for heavy-lift launch vehicles, the document said.

    Since 2006, Long March rockets have accomplished 67 successful launches, sending 79 spacecraft into planned orbits and demonstrating noteworthy improvement in the reliability of China's launch vehicles.

    China to develop new-generation launch vehicles: white paper - Xinhua | English.news.cn
     
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    China issues white paper on space exploration

    English.news.cn 2011-12-29 10:11:01

    BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday issued a white paper on the development of space industry since 2006 and the major tasks for the next five years.

    The white paper titled "China's Space Activities in 2011" was the third white paper on the country's space activities issued by the State Council Information Office, following the one in 2000 and another in 2006.

    The Chinese government has made the space industry an important part of the nation's overall development strategy and adhered to exploration and utilization of outer space for peaceful purposes, the white paper said.

    Over the past few years, China has ranked among the world's leading countries in certain major areas of space technology, it said, adding that in the next five years, there will be new opportunities to the country's space industry.

    At the same time, China will work together with the international community to maintain a peaceful and clean outer space and endeavor to promote world peace and development, the document said.

    FUTURE MISSIONS

    Major tasks listed in the white paper for the next five years include space transportation system, Earth satellites, human spaceflights and deep-space exploration.

    The country will launch the Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spaceships (both scheduled for 2012)and achieve unmanned or manned rendezvous and docking with the in-orbit Tiangong-1 vehicle, the paper said.

    China also plans to launch space laboratories, manned spaceship and space freighters, and will start a research on the preliminary plan for a human landing on the moon, the document said.

    As an important part of deep-space exploration, the country's lunar probe projects follow the idea of "three steps" -- orbiting, landing and returning.

    In next five years, the country plans to launch orbiters for lunar soft landing, roving and surveying to implement the second stage of lunar exploration, then it will start the third-stage project of sampling the moon's surface matters and get those samples back to Earth, the white paper said.

    In addition, China will build a space infrastructure frame composed of Earth observation satellites, communications and broadcasting satellites, plus navigation and positioning satellites.

    MAJOR PROGRESS

    According to the white paper, breakthroughs have been made in major space projects, including human spaceflight and lunar exploration, since 2006.

    From Sept. 25 to 28, 2008, China successfully launched the Shenzhou-7 manned spaceship and became the third country in the world to master the key technology of astronaut space extravehicular activity.

    In November 2011, China accomplished the first unmanned space rendezvous and docking test between the Tiangong-1 space lab module and Shenzhou-8 spaceship.

    In addition, the country's lunar probe projects have achieved milestone breakthroughs over the past five years. China successfully launched two lunar probes, the Chang'e-1 on Oct. 24, 2007, and Chang'e-2 on Oct. 1, 2010.

    The first probe retrieved a great deal of scientific data and a complete map of the moon while the second created a full higher-resolution map of the moon and a high-definition image of Sinus Iridium.

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    China's last launch for year 2011:

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    30 Dec 2011. JL-2??:thumb:
     
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    The chinese rocket has no plume at all!!! The combustion is so clean ,the plume of the exhaust gases usually orange depending upon the type of fuel used. so what kind of propellants are used or is the velocity of the exhaust gas is hypersonic keeping plumes away !!! Can you explain this cir!!!
     
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