Long March 5 / YZ-2 | Shijian 17

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation launch of a Long March 5 / YZ-2 Rocket

Launch Status

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation was scheduled to launch a Long March 5 / YZ-2 rocket as part of the Shijian-17 mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Thu, Nov 3rd, 2016, 8:43 AM EDT from Wenchang, China. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Long March 5 / YZ-2 and experience the excitement for yourself.



This will be the maiden flight of the Long March 5, which is China's next-generation heavy-lift space launch system, comparable in performance to the European Ariane 5 and the U.S. Delta IV Heavy. The rocket is powered by RP-1 and Hydrogen, and will be able to place 25 tonnes into low earth orbit. It is carrying Shijian-17, an experimental satellite, reportedly tasked with testing ion propulsion systems for future space station keeping uses.


Wenchang, China

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China


Long March 5 / YZ-2

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.