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    China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Center

    Could not find a thread dedicated to China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Center.

    Unlike the other launch centers in China which is closed to visitors, the latest center welcomes them. A big positive for the Chinese government which has always been seen as secretive with their space programme.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/chinas-wenc...rogram-tourism

    China's new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the island Province of Hainan hosted last year the debuts of the massive Long March 5 and Long March 7 rockets. During this year's Spring Festival it also saw a surge in tourism.

    The country's three older launch sites - Jiuquan, Taiyuan and Xichang - were constructed in the interior during the Cold War and facilitate mostly closed-off launches. Now, China is starting to open up.

    Numerous tourists visited Wenchang Satellite Launch Center ahead of the Spring Festival, which fell on Jan 28, 2017.

    One of the main attractions are the models of Long March 7 and 5 rockets, as well as visits to the launch tower.

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    A space exhibition for students has been opened at the space launch center.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/wenchang-la...hibition-youth

    China's new Wenchang Space Launch centre has opened a space exhibition for students as part of a drive to popularise the country's space exploration exploits and inspire younger generations.

    The exhibition opened at Wenchang on the southern island province of Hainan on Monday, with pupils able to wander around an array of models and actual items from Chinese space program history.

    These include the reentry capsule from Shenzhou-10, the country's fifth human spaceflight mission, which included a docking with Tiangong-1 in 2013.

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    Wenchang Space Launch Center's education center.

    http://www.ecns.cn/video/2017/04-18/253871.shtml

    As final preparations for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 get underway at Wenchang Space Launch Center, space enthusiasts and students are taking the opportunity to visit a nearby space science education center to learn more about Tianzhou-1's mission and space exploration in general.

    Visitors to the education center can learn about the history of space flight, see rocket components and models, and even put on VR equipment to get a better understanding of space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Could not find a thread dedicated to China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Center.
    There were some old threads back in the day, definitely a few pages long and discussing 'Hainan' and the new space port plans, this is going back to the days of baut, universetoday and even the old bad astronomy boards...perhaps they got lost in the big move. User publiusr had lots of info speculating on a heavy lift, China's planned Moon, Space exploration...this was going way back to the early days of the Chinese space program. Good idea to start a new thread as some of the old posts were probably outdated now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Launch window View Post
    There were some old threads back in the day, definitely a few pages long and discussing 'Hainan' and the new space port plans, this is going back to the days of baut, universetoday and even the old bad astronomy boards...perhaps they got lost in the big move. User publiusr had lots of info speculating on a heavy lift, China's planned Moon, Space exploration...this was going way back to the early days of the Chinese space program. Good idea to start a new thread as some of the old posts were probably outdated now.
    Pity we lost all that discussions during the move. It would have made interesting reading to understand how China was viewed in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Pity we lost all that discussions during the move. It would have made interesting reading to understand how China was viewed in those days.
    I don't think we're missing so much, the old posts had a lot of predictions in the thread turned out to be correct. However there were also some speculation and incorrect posts like China developing a super heavy like Ares, the N1 or Apollo and having some kind of manned Mars goal. A lot of thoughts about the Moon and Space Station turned out true. User yaohua2000 always had good info, he would also post at forum.nasaspaceflight, unmannedspaceflight, groups.google, celestiaproject and other social media like twitter? He was very active here but I have not seen him around in a while

    think this could be him or one of his space enthusiastic friends from a few months back
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SthAvbaDhcA
    LM 7 from Wenchang, it can lift 13,500 kg 29,800 lb to LEO

    link in Chinese language http://news.xinhuanet.com/tech/2016-..._129091627.htm
    Last edited by Launch window; 2017-Apr-25 at 05:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Wenchang Space Launch Center's education center.

    http://www.ecns.cn/video/2017/04-18/253871.shtml
    They have decided to upgrade the education center into a space theme park.

    https://blooloop.com/link/wenchang-s...cation-center/

    Space enthusiasts visit the Wenchang Space Education Center to learn more about Tianzhou-1’s mission and space exploration. *Visitors can see models of rockets, satellites and space suits as well as enjoying a VR space experience and a*two-seater gyroscope simulating astronaut training.

    ECNS.cn report that*attraction’s investors are looking to expand their facilities into a space theme park which will be finished by the end of the year.

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    Just like Kennedy Space Center, Wenchang space launch center has become a tourist attraction.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137125513.htm

    Battery carts carry tourists around Wenchang space launch center on the Chinese island province of Hainan. A 130 yuan (20.7 U.S. dollars) ticket allows them to view the launch and operation control center, the vertical assembly and test building, as well as a launch tower.

    Palm-fringed Hainan is a top destination for tourists because of its tropical weather and beautiful scenery. The launch center at the beachside of Wenchang has made the small city famous among space-lovers.

    "We came to Wenchang especially for this space launch center," said Huang Dahua, a retiree from landlocked Sichuan Province. He and his wife are members of the tour group.

    The Wenchang center is the fourth space launch site in China, following three in Jiuquan, Xichang and Taiyuan, and the only launch center near the sea. It is used to dispatch satellites, large space stations and deep-space probes.

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    Now the space center will be getting into its stride with 4 launches which will make a difference in China's space ambitions.

    The China Mars mission. The core China Space Station module. The new manned spacecraft. The Luna sample return mission.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/202..._138720985.htm

    China's Long March-5B carrier rocket has passed testing and examination before leaving the factory and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of 2020, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

    The examinations, conducted by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, showed that the rocket has met the requirements for flight.

    The Long March-5B, a modified version of Long March-5, has the largest carrying capacity to low-Earth orbit among all Chinese rockets and will be used to launch the capsules of China's space station.
    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/202..._138721451.htm

    A core module prototype of China's space station and a prototype of China's new-generation manned spacecraft arrived at the launch site in south China's Hainan Province after a week of ocean and rail transport, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced Monday.

    The core module will take part in joint rehearsals with the Long March-5B carrier rocket at the Wenchang Space Launch Center while the new manned spacecraft will be launched by the rocket's maiden flight in the first half of this year.

    This means the building of China's space station in space will begin soon, the CMSEO said.
    http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-01-20/d...k2868095.shtml

    The next mission in China's lunar exploration program-Chang'e 5-will land a probe on an area never reached by astronauts or spacecraft and is expected to bring back at least 1 kilogram of samples, a project insider said.

    Peng Jing, deputy chief designer of the Chang'e 5 probe at the China Academy of Space Technology, said it is scheduled to be launched atop a Long March 5 carrier rocket, the biggest and strongest in the nation's rocket fleet, at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province during the fourth quarter of this year.

    It will land on the northwestern part of the Oceanus Procellarum, a vast lunar mare on the western edge of the moon's near side, after flying for dozens of days.

    "This particular landing site was selected because it has never been reached by man or rover and also because scientists are interested in the geological history of that place," Peng explained.
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