CASC Plans Over 40 Launches For 2020 Written 6 January 2020


Launch of a Long March 2D in 2012 | Cristóbal Alvarado Minic/Wikipedia

Space News reported that China’s “main space contractor,” the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), “is aiming to carry out more than 40 launches in 2020, including lunar, interplanetary and space infrastructure missions.” CASC said January 2 that “its major goals include completing the Beidou navigation satellite system, launching missions to Mars and a lunar sample return, and test launches of three new launch vehicles.” China’s “expanding activity reflects growing ambitions in exploration, remote sensing, commercial constellations and new areas including low-Earth orbit satellite internet access” after having “led the global launch tables for the past two years.”
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