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China sets new annual record with launch of manned Shenzhou-15 to space station

China today successfully used its Long March 2F rocket to launch three astronauts on a six month mission to its Tiangong-3 space station, setting a new annual national record for launches in a single year.

China’s previous high of 52 successfully launches was achieved last year. This launch, with about five weeks left in the year, is its 53rd in 2022.

This mission will also be the first on Tiangong-3 where there will be an overlap of two crews, with six people occupying the station for a short while.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

54 SpaceX
53 China
20 Russia
9 Rocket Lab

The U.S. still leads China 78 to 53 in the national rankings, while trailing the rest of the world combined 83 to 78.

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  • Sippin_bourbon

    I watched this with amusement.

    The announcers commented that this launched from China’s East Coast.

    As opposed to… The West coast??

  • Sippin_bourbon: The launch site was in the Gobi Desert. Not near any coast that I am aware of.

  • Jay

    Sipping_Bourbon, yes all the Shenzhou launches are from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, out in the Gobi Desert. You are probably thinking of the Tiangong module launches with the CZ-5B out at Wenchang, on the coast of Hainan.

  • pzatchok

    I somehow think that China is just launching this much in order to keep up with SpaceX.

    Unless they are weaponizing space.

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