STS-107 special report
China launches experimental satellite
Posted: Tue, Sep 30 7:46 AM ET (1146 GMT)
Long March 2C launch of Shijian 11-07 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket placed what Chinese officials called an experimental satellite into orbit on Sunday. The Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 1:13 am EDT (0513 GMT, 1:13 pm Beijing time) Sunday and placed the Shijian 11-07 satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit. Chinese media said Shijian 11-07 will conduct scientific experiments, although many Western observers believe the spacecraft has some kind of military mission, perhaps as part of a missile early warning system.

China launches imaging satellite
Posted: Tue, Sep 9 9:30 AM ET (1330 GMT)
Long March 4B launch of Yaogan-21 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket launched on Monday a remote sensing satellite likely to be used by the Chinese military. The Long March 4B rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 11:22 pm EDT Sunday (0322 GMT, 11:22 am Beijing time Monday) and placed the Yaogan 21 satellite into orbit. The satellite, according to official Chinese media, will be used for civil applications and scientific experiments, although Western observers widely consider the Yaogan satellites a series of military reconnaissance satellites. The rocket also placed into orbit a small secondary payload, Tiantuo-2, which Chinese media said will be used to test tracking of moving objects using a series of video cameras. The launch was the fourth for the Long March series of vehicles in a month, after a hiatus of four months.

Wednesday, October 1

Tuesday, September 30
Chinese tourists find a new frontier
Shanghai Daily — 6:02 am ET (1002 GMT)
Beidou sat nav sees increasing civil use
Xinhua — 5:41 am ET (0941 GMT)
Chinese military payload launched on Long March 2C
Spaceflight Now — 5:34 am ET (0934 GMT)
Editorial: U.S., China Should Cooperate In Space
Aviation Week — 5:08 am ET (0908 GMT)

Monday, September 29
China sees its military edge coming from space
New York Post — 5:12 am ET (0912 GMT)
China Launches Clandestine Shijian Satellite
Astro Watch — 5:05 am ET (0905 GMT)
China Successfully Orbits Experimental Satellite
RIA Novosti — 4:53 am ET (0853 GMT)

Sunday, September 28
China launches another secretive Shijian-11 mission — 7:48 am ET (1148 GMT)

Friday, September 26
Flat Space Budgets Make Cooperation Tricky
Aviation Week — 7:27 pm ET (2327 GMT)

Thursday, September 25
China Does Not Envy India's Mars Success: Media
Outlook India — 5:56 am ET (0956 GMT)
China Exclusive: Mars: China's next goal?
Xinhua — 5:28 am ET (0928 GMT)