Long March 3B
China has set its sights on near-Earth object 202 PN1 as the target for a combined asteroid deflection and observation test mission due to launch in 2026.
China successfully conducted its 54th and 55th orbital launches of 2021 Dec. 29, launching satellites from the Jiuquan and Xichang spaceports within hours of each other.
The classified Chinese satellite Shiyan-10 is now active, nearly three weeks after suffering an anomaly during launch that appeared to result in the loss of the spacecraft.
The status of a classified satellite launched from southwest China Sept. 27 remains unknown more than 12 hours after liftoff.
China successfully sent the Fengyun-4B weather satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit Wednesday with the country's 16th orbital launch of 2021.
Chinese Earth observation Gaofen-13 is on its way to a geostationary orbit after successful launch on a Long March 3B from Xichang Oct. 11.