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Lofty Ambitions: China’s Expansive Space Launch Capabilities


A secretive small satellite launch in February is evidence of China’s continuing technological advancements in the space realm. But this launch masks the broader range of space capabilities that China is building

China’s launch in March 2017 of a satellite into polar orbit is just the latest example of the use of new launchers deployed by the country’s space programme. In an unannounced launch, the KT-2 rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Mongolia. Although little is known about its design, it does allow for an exploration of launch developments as part of China’s wider space ambitions. Within the past year, China has introduced a number of different launch

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Alexandra Stickings

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