Long March 5  | Tianwen-1 (Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 5 Rocket

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is scheduled to launch a Long March 5 rocket as part of the China's Mars OLR (orbiter lander rover) mission. The launch window for the Robotic Exploration mission is on Wed, Jul 22nd, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT from Wenchang, China. The status of the launch is Red. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

China's Mars OLR (orbiter lander rover)

This will be China's first mission to Mars. The rover will have 13 instruments detecting things such as topography, soil, environment, atmosphere, studying the distribution of water ice on Mars, physical field and internal structure. Currently with no mission name, the agency has also opened a public competition for name and logo.

Location

Wenchang, China

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 5

Long March 5 is a Chinese heavy lift launch system developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). CZ-5 is the first Chinese vehicle designed from the ground up to focus on non-hypergolic liquid rocket propellants. Currently, two CZ-5 vehicle configurations are planned, with maximum payload capacities of ~25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb) to LEO and ~14,000 kilograms (31,000 lb) to GTO. The Long March 5 roughly matches the capabilities of American EELV heavy-class vehicles such as the Delta IV Heavy.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.