STS-107 special report
China launches experimental satellite
Posted: Tue, Sep 30 7:46 AM ET (1146 GMT)
Long March 2C launch of Shijian 11-07 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket placed what Chinese officials called an experimental satellite into orbit on Sunday. The Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 1:13 am EDT (0513 GMT, 1:13 pm Beijing time) Sunday and placed the Shijian 11-07 satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit. Chinese media said Shijian 11-07 will conduct scientific experiments, although many Western observers believe the spacecraft has some kind of military mission, perhaps as part of a missile early warning system.

China launches imaging satellite
Posted: Tue, Sep 9 9:30 AM ET (1330 GMT)
Long March 4B launch of Yaogan-21 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket launched on Monday a remote sensing satellite likely to be used by the Chinese military. The Long March 4B rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 11:22 pm EDT Sunday (0322 GMT, 11:22 am Beijing time Monday) and placed the Yaogan 21 satellite into orbit. The satellite, according to official Chinese media, will be used for civil applications and scientific experiments, although Western observers widely consider the Yaogan satellites a series of military reconnaissance satellites. The rocket also placed into orbit a small secondary payload, Tiantuo-2, which Chinese media said will be used to test tracking of moving objects using a series of video cameras. The launch was the fourth for the Long March series of vehicles in a month, after a hiatus of four months.

Tuesday, October 21
China puts government surveillance satellite in orbit
Spaceflight Now — 6:46 am ET (1046 GMT)

Monday, October 20
China lofts Yaogan-22 via Long March 4C rocket — 7:47 pm ET (2347 GMT)
Comet immortalised before close call with spacecraft
New Scientist — 7:24 pm ET (2324 GMT)
China launches remote sensing satellite
Xinhua — 4:50 am ET (0850 GMT)

Friday, October 17
Work completed on satellite launch center in Hainan
China Daily — 7:51 pm ET (2351 GMT)
China’s fourth spaceport completed in boost for space programme
South China Morning Post — 7:44 pm ET (2344 GMT)
China Moving Forward with Big Space Station Plans — 6:13 am ET (1013 GMT)

Wednesday, October 15
China Readies Moon Mission for Launch Next Week — 6:52 am ET (1052 GMT)

Monday, October 13

Friday, October 10
China's ailing moon rover weakening: designer
Xinhua — 6:33 pm ET (2233 GMT)

Wednesday, October 8

Tuesday, October 7

Monday, October 6
China to help Venezuela launch third satellite
Xinhua — 7:23 am ET (1123 GMT)

Wednesday, October 1

Tuesday, September 30
Chinese tourists find a new frontier
Shanghai Daily — 6:02 am ET (1002 GMT)