All courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay.
The rocket has been delayed since 2020 due to serious engine issues.
The module, dubbed Mentian, is scheduled of an October launch. We shall then once again have to watch helplessly as the core stage of the 5B rocket crashes uncontrolled somewhere on Earth. In related news:
It remains unclear whether that rocket’s core stage engines will restartable and thus able to control its de-orbit so that it lands in the ocean harmlessly.
We don’t know for sure, as the company has said nothing and this information is based solely on orbital photos taken between August 26th and August 28th.
This university does a lot of aerospace military development for China, such as hypersonic missiles. Also, considering that China has itself hacked into American aerospace resources frequently, such as at JPL, this accusation is simply the kettle calling the pan black.
The event is virtual, apparently open to the public, will include researchers from NASA, JAXA, and ESA, and will be focused on discussing methods for protecting the planet from big asteroid impacts.