Author Topic: Experimental spaceplane (F2) - CZ-2F/T - JSLC LC43/91 - 4 Aug 2022 ~16:00 UTC  (Read 11156 times)

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Note that the official statement was very similar to the one issued in Sep. 2020, e.g. “a reusable test S/C”, “will return to landing site inside China”, “reuse & on-orbit tech validation”, “to provide technical support for peaceful use of space” etc. Only the “This is the 18th launch of the Long March 2F” part is different.

I see that USSF’s 18th SDS hasn’t found it yet - they will be the one to give data like even approximate T-0 (this was not officially given).

https://m.weibo.cn/detail/4798934479012288
The US Air Force has similarly been tight-lipped about the true purpose of the X-37B, and it is probable that the CSSHQ could spawn a reconnaissance spaceplane to spy on US bases in Japan and Guam.

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The second 重复使用试验航天器 (Chongfu Shiyong Shiyan Hangtian Qi, 'Reusable Test Space Vehicle') was launched around 1600 UTC from Jiuquan into a 346 x 593 km x 50.0 deg orbit..

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1555318916901224450

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CelesTrak has GP data for 2 objects from the launch (2022-093) of a reusable experimental spacecraft on a Long March-2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. No launch time or additional details were provided:

https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1555321859276546049

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From Xinhua

https://english.news.cn/20220805/7fc2e485ceb94acb81a91625b4ac41c0/c.html

China launches reusable experimental spacecraft
   
JIUQUAN, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday successfully launched a reusable experimental spacecraft using a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest of the country.

After a period of in-orbit operation, the spacecraft will return to its scheduled landing site in China. It will test reusable technologies and in-orbit service technologies as planned during its flight, providing technological support for the peaceful use of space.

The launch was the 18th mission of the Long March-2F carrier rockets.

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8 objects have been cataloged:

2022-093A/53357 in 346 x 593 km x 49.99°
2022-093B/53358 in 350 x 590 km x 49.98°
2022-093C/53359 in 335 x 671 km x 50.30°
2022-093D/53360 in 340 x 690 km x 50.33°
2022-093E/53361 in 345 x 827 km x 49.75°
2022-093F/53362 in 346 x 846 km x 49.80°
2022-093G/53363 in 317 x 619 km x 50.02°
2022-093H/53364 in 490 x 644 km x 50.03°

« Last Edit: 08/05/2022 02:16 pm by input~2 »

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China launches reusable spacecraft — TV.

4 AUG, 19:58

After completing its orbital mission, the spacecraft is to land in a designated area in China.

BEIJING, August 5. /TASS/. China has successfully launched a reusable spacecraft, the country’s Central Television reported.

According to the report, the spacecraft was launched atop the CZ-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia. After completing its orbital mission, the spacecraft is to land in a designated area in China.

No other details about the launch or the spacecraft are known as of yet.

https://tass.com/science/1489691

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China contributed two orbital flights to today's busy launch schedule, one of which appears to have been the second launch of the country's experimental uncrewed spaceplane.

https://twitter.com/TGMetsFan98/status/1555396305136107521

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More TLE sets out for the Chinese spaceplane test; no major orbital changes. Interesting that the first mission was in a 340 km circular orbit; this one in 345 x 593 km. Unclear if deliberate or if the launch vehicle made a slight overburn.

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1555401420353961985

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Better estimate of the Chinese spaceplane launch time from @OrbitalFocus: 16:00 UTC +- 1 minute.  I will adopt this time  As Bob points out, there was a dogleg during the launch phase, and that affects the launch time calculation.

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1555557196263481344

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NOTAMs lie on track towards 45° inclination, 'twas the same for 2020 mission

Recent 4B from Taiyuan looks as if it did a double dog leg for S-shaped ascent ground track - it's the only way to fit drop zones to track

Zones for Yaogan 35 show the CZ steered round a downrange town

https://twitter.com/OrbitalFocus/status/1555553745018433536

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Second pass of the train of objects related to the suspected 2nd Chinese spaceplane test.  The S-band emissions appear to be coming from Object A [53357, 2022-093A].  The signals this time around had long deep fades and one dramatic prolonged peak shown in the image below.

https://twitter.com/coastal8049/status/1555436716185382912

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twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1555667810419986432

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The Chinese "Reusable Test Vehicle" ('spaceplane') 2022-093A and its CZ-2F upper stage as filmed by me from Leiden, the Netherlands in deep twilight.
Rocket stage = bright leading object, fainter following = 'spaceplane'.
Brightest star = Altair

https://twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1555674812307079169

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Frame stack:

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Recent launch of Experimental Spaceplane via #CASC's #LongMarch2F vehicle..

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1555778596106534912

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As of ~3 hours ago, it looks like our little Chinese friend the reusable experimental spacecraft/plane was still going...
(and has gained as  Medium (0.1m2 – 1m2) RCS value from our dear friends at 18SDS)

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/1556142706593759233

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twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1556387431875858432

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The Chinese space plane 2022-093A is still on orbit: watched it and its CZ-2F upper stage pass by  in late twilight some 25 minutes ago.
So it is staying on orbit longer than the previous flight.
Video from this evening:



https://twitter.com/marco_langbroek/status/1556387698960637958

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The first objects is the CZ-2F uppers stage: the second fainter one is the space plane.
The upper stage is showing a slow brightness variation (it is slowly tumbling).

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Some movement near the possible runway for the Chinese reusable spacecraft/plane at Lop Nur again...
(2 objects shown in a previous post removed, one object added) also the construction near the apron seems to continue...

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/1556685139438145537

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twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1556887904856821762

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China's secretive spaceplane is still in orbit following its launch on Thursday. The first mission, in Sep. 2020, lasted ~two days, so this is already a longer mission this time out. Only word from China far is a terse statement of launch. A few things to note so far:

https://twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1556887907838959616

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The last mission saw the (or a) apparent spaceplane in a 331 by 347 km, 50 degree orbit. This time it's a more eccentric 346 x 593 km, 50 deg. orbit, for unknown reasons.

twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1556887909906759682

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Last time, the spacecraft released an object likely a couple of orbits before reentry and landing. This time, as well as a few pieces of debris and the CZ2F launcher second stage, there are 2 unknown objects also tracked in orbit, possibly camera sats akin to Banxing-2 from TG-2.

https://twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1556887912700153857

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Here's a pass viewed from the ground:

twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1556887915158020098

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Based on the CZ-2F launcher lift capabilities, and payload fairings, the suggestion is that this is a spaceplane, similar to the US X-37B. But, of course, we have no images of the craft. CASC has however stated it wants to build a TSTO spaceplane, for cargo and crew, so...

https://twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1556887925874376705

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...that would require some very challenging scaling up. Last time out the spacecraft made a horizontal landing strip near Lop Nor. Same expected again. There's been some recent activity at Lop Nur, too:

 

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