Encyclopedia Astronautica

Chinese agency overseeing development of spacecraft. People's Liberation Army, China.

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Shenlong Chinese spaceplane. Study 2007. Chinese spaceplane photographed under the belly of an H-6 medium bomber in 2007. Probably a subscale drop test model of a potential space combat system. More...

See also
  • Agency Agencies or institutions overseeing design, development, construction, or operation of space-related systems. More...

PLA Chronology

1990 - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Vehicle: DF-11.
  • Test launch - . Nation: China. Agency: PLA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2004 April 18 - . 15:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Complex: Xichang LC1. Launch Pad: LC1?. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: CZ-2C.
  • Unannounced Chinese satellite? - . Nation: China. Agency: PLA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Decay Date: 2004-08-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 28223 . COSPAR: 2004-012D. Apogee: 532 km (330 mi). Perigee: 339 km (210 mi). Inclination: 97.7000 deg. Period: 93.30 min. The announced mass of the two satellites launched was far less than the payload capability of the CZ-2C. It was believed that an unannounced military satellite may have been orbited. Object 2004-12D was in a much lower perigee orbit of 350 x 606 km x 97 deg and may have separated prior to second stage vernier cutoff.

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