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New rockets, launch sites and ships

  • Brian Harvey
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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

The building of the space station and lunar program was possible only because a vast infrastructure of rockets, launch sites, tracking stations, ships, institutions and ground facilities was already in place. China’s space program expanded in three waves. The first, from the 1960s to the 1980s, comprised the initial set of rockets (CZ-2, 3, 4) and launch bases at Jiuquan and Xi Chang. The second, the manned program in the 1990s, involved a new mission control center, astronaut training center and much new building at Jiuquan. The third, in the 2010s, comprised the new launch center in Wenchang, new production facilities in Tianjin and the replacement of the old launchers with a new fleet (CZ-5, 6, 7).

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  • Brian Harvey
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  1. 1.TempleogueIreland

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