Long March 5B | Tianhe-1

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

Launch Status
Date/Time May Change

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is scheduled to launch a Long March 5B rocket as part of the Tianhe-1 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission is on Thu, Dec 31st, 2020, 7:00 PM EST from Wenchang, China. The status of the launch is Red. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Tianhe-1

Tianhe (which translates as "Heavenly Harmony") is the core module and backbone of the Chinese space station, designed to provide the main living quarters and control centre for the station crew.

Location

Wenchang, China

Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 5B

The configuration of the CZ-5B variant consists of the Long March 5 core stage with its four strapped-on liquid-fueled boosters, but the usual second stage will be absent; in place of the second stage would be heavier low earth orbit payloads.

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.