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Title: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: vjkane on 01/24/2017 03:15 pm
Following up on a suggestion by Blackstar, I've created a topic in the space science section to discuss Chinese lunar missions.  The current discussion is buried in a section on Chinese launch vehicles.
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 01/25/2017 12:43 am

"China plans to fulfill three strategic steps with the launch of Chang'e-5, "orbiting, landing and returning."

The country also plans to launch the Chang'e-4 lunar probe around 2018 to achieve mankind's first soft landing on the far side of the moon, and to conduct an in situ and roving detection and relay communications at earth-moon L2 point, according to the China National Space Administration.

"The country plans to send robots to explore both lunar poles," said the administration's vice director Wu Yanhua late last year, adding that plans to send astronauts to the moon were also being discussed."
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Phil Stooke on 01/25/2017 05:50 pm
Yes, and to clarify, the polar missions are in addition to the Chang'E 1 to 6 sequence.  They might not continue the CE designation. 
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 01/25/2017 08:05 pm
These articles are kinda bouncing the rubble:

I'll wait for somebody from Science or Nature to tackle this subject and do some deeper reporting.
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 03/03/2017 04:59 pm
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 04/13/2017 12:40 am
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Dalhousie on 04/13/2017 02:26 am
As anyone found more details about the sampling arm of Chang'e 5?  This is supposed to pick samples from the surface in addition to the drill.  Will it incorporate a rake?
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 06/07/2017 01:17 pm

Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: vjkane on 08/20/2017 04:30 pm
2020 Chinese south pole lunar sample return

Google translation

Chang'e VI: plans to be launched around Wenchang from around 2020 to achieve the return of the lunar poles
time: 2017-08-11

Simulation Example: The Moon Antarctic Shackleton crashed the edge of the pit for a hypothetical drop point, on April 8, 2020 09:37 from the Moon Antarctic region.

Lunar exploration follow-up task implementation plan will be held to start

Published: 2017-05-04

Lunar exploration follow-up mission implementation plan demonstration start and demonstration expert committee held the first meeting

  April 27, the National Defense Science and Technology Bureau in Beijing organized a follow-up mission on the implementation of the Lunar Exploration program demonstration and demonstration of the first meeting of the Committee of Experts. Deputy director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, deputy director of the lunar exploration project Wu Yanhua attended the meeting and mobilize the deployment of the work.

  The meeting read out the "National Defense Science and Technology Bureau on the establishment of the follow-up mission on the implementation of the expert committee and demonstration group of the notice," and to the Chinese Academy of Engineering Wu Weiren, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Ye Peijian and other follow-up mission implementation of the program expert expert committee expert The delegate issued a letter of appointment. Director of the Expert Committee of Wu Weiren.

  The meeting listened to the implementation plan of the follow-up mission of the lunar exploration program to demonstrate the report on the top plan, the scientific objectives and the preliminary plan of the exploration plan, and discussed and put forward a number of constructive suggestions and suggestions, and clarified the work plan and task division arrangement.

  Wu Yanhua pointed out that in the current technological power and innovation-driven era, China's space should be a pioneer and vanguard. He stressed that the follow-up mission to the moon to scientific research and application as a driving force to promote technological development, to fully understand the importance and urgency of the program argument, to deal with the following aspects: the follow-up mission and the lunar exploration project The relationship between space science, space technology and space application, and the relationship between independent innovation and international cooperation. The relationship between space science, space technology and space application is the relationship between space science and space cooperation. He asked the expert committee and the argumentation group to proceed from the overall situation, in-depth demonstration, put forward a reasonable and feasible high-level implementation of the program.

  Chinese Academy of Sciences, Strategic Support Force Space Systems Department, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation and other relevant units and the National Defense Science and Technology Bureau of the relevant person in charge, the moon mission follow-up mission expert committee, Prepare all members of the group to attend the meeting.

Plans to launch around 2020 to achieve the moon polar zone sampling return, the task has not yet formally established.

China's moon sampling return detection is through the launch of Chang'e 5 test device, Chang'e 5, Chang'e 6 to achieve, has been launched Chang'e 5 test device.

2016.09.27 in the Chang'e II after the task and then decided to visit the front or the back of the moon, the sampling return task.
Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 10/01/2017 11:09 pm
CE-5 and CE-4 will be delayed:

Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure

September 29, 2017

BEIJING - Two Chinese lunar missions will be delayed by the failed launch of a powerful rocket in July, a state-run newspaper said, in a setback for the country’s ambitious space programme.

Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar forays into space as a symbol of China’s rise and the success of the Communist Party in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. Officials are still investigating why the Long March-5 Y2 rocket malfunctioned on July 2, the Science and Technology Daily reported this week, citing Tian Yulong, secretary-general of the China National Space Administration.

It was China’s second heavy-lift rocket and was designed to carry communication satellites into orbit. Authorities have not given any details about the incident.

The failure means the launches of lunar probes Chang’e-5, originally scheduled to collect samples from the moon in the second half of 2017, and Chang’e-4, due to land on the dark side of the moon in 2018, will both have to be revised. New launch dates for the probes will be announced at the end of this year, Tian said.

A core module for the construction of China’s space station was also set to be blasted into space in 2018 but this will be delayed to 2019, Tian said Tuesday at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

China, which hopes to one day send humans to the moon, joined the United States and Soviet Union as the only nations to land on the Earth’s natural satellite in 2013, when its lunar rover Yutu embarked on a 31-month mission beset by mechanical troubles. The following year the country completed its first return mission to the moon, with an unmanned probe landing successfully back on Earth. The Long March-5 Y2 had taken off in July with the Shijian-18 experimental communications satellite (7.5 tonnes), which it was supposed to put into orbit. The satellite would have provided communications services over China’s territory - boosting internet access and providing access to more television channels. Its failure followed successful space missions, including the June launch of the Long March-4B, China’s first X-ray space telescope, to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

Title: Re: Chinese lunar missions
Post by: Blackstar on 05/21/2018 10:03 pm