Chinese Space Launch Program

Living reference work entry


China’s development of launch vehicles is sticking to the “self-reliance and independent innovation” path. With more than 50 years’ experience, China has successfully developed more than ten models of launch vehicles and managed the transition from research test to flight application and from flight application to industrialization. This chapter provides an overview of China’s space launch plan. This chapter mainly presents the development history of China’s launch vehicles, launch vehicles in service, the new generation of launch vehicles under development, as well as the efforts made by China in the field of space security.


  1. China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, website:
  2. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, website:
  3. China’s Space Activities (2011), China National space Administration website,
  4. China’s Space Activities (2016), China government website:; China National space Administration website:

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of EngineeringBeijingChina
  2. 2.China Academy of Launch Vehicle TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.CALTBeijingChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Christina Giannopapa
    • 1
  1. 1.European Space AgencyParisFrance

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