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Chang'e 3 prelaunch through lunar orbit insertion, Lander instruments, capability, development, testing, launch
Geert
post Mar 3 2009, 06:27 AM
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According to moondaily.com China plans a (unmanned) moonlanding for 2013.

The article contains an image of a sample-return probe taking off from the moon which indeed looks a lot like a (Soviet) Y8E derived vehicle.

If this is true, my earlier remark here that this landingsite might be selected for its option to fly a direct ascent trajectory back to earth seems to make sense, they might indeed be planning to attempt a sample-return mission with a moonlanding in the vicinity of the present crash-site.

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post Oct 6 2010, 01:40 AM
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As an enthusiast from China, NASA and the United States have disappointed me a lot. From the cancelled Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter and Mars Telecommunication Orbiter, to the delayed Mars Science Laboratory and the dying Constellation Program... I have almost lost the confidence and patient.

But based on reports from various sources, I think China is serious this time. There will be a Mars Pathfinder-like small lunar rover in 2013, and a sample return mission in 2017. It is just amazing, even by NASA/JPL's standard.

And China so far has a good record to get things done on time.
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post Oct 6 2010, 01:46 AM
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Well, JIMO was replaced, and Mars seems to be as high a priority as ever, not to mention all those other missions.

The Moon is mostly appealing since the environment is so well known, after 50 years of missions. Compare the success rate percentage for missions to the Moon with Mars. Better accessibility then anything apart from LEO too. Everyone knows what to expect on the surface, at least on the near side.
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post Oct 6 2010, 01:52 AM
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Just a gentle reminder for everyone to review the rules...everybody play nice! wink.gif


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post Oct 6 2010, 01:53 AM
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I am pleased to see China exploring the Moon like this. I understand that, as there have been two orbiters (counting Chang-e 2), there will also be two landers with rovers and two sample return missions. Earlier reports spoke of three stages in exploration, but there would be two missions in each stage.

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post Oct 6 2010, 02:09 AM
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See this report on Spacedaily.com: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Four_Chi...Mooted_999.html
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post Mar 11 2012, 01:16 PM
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Lunar Rover Test in the Kumtag Desert, Gansu Province


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post Mar 11 2012, 01:18 PM
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Chang'e 3 lunar rover, due to launch in 2013.
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post Mar 11 2012, 09:10 PM
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Wonderful pictures, thanks for posting them here. I am really looking forward to this mission. I hope we will be able to see daily reports on the rover's activities.

It will be interesting to see if any Google Lunar X Prize team attempts a mission before Chang-E 3 in October 2013. I suspect not, I think China will have the next lander on the Moon.

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post Mar 11 2012, 10:57 PM
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Is that rocker-bogie? Doesn't JPL have a patent on that?
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post Mar 12 2012, 01:14 AM
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QUOTE (SFJCody @ Mar 11 2012, 05:57 PM) *
Is that rocker-bogie? Doesn't JPL have a patent on that?


They do, although they probably won't sweat the noncommercial use of it.
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Wouldn't matter unless JPL patented it in China. smile.gif

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Looking at these pictures, it makes Scooterlord's MER render that much more amazing. Is it real, or is it Scooterlord? ™


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The Chinese rover wheels are reminiscent of the Lunokods of the 1970s.
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post Mar 15 2012, 07:48 PM
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QUOTE (yaohua2000 @ Mar 11 2012, 05:16 AM) *
Lunar Rover Test in the Kumtag Desert, Gansu Province

Can you post the original URL where these images came from?

(Cool stuff.)


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post Mar 15 2012, 08:12 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Mar 16 2012, 03:48 AM) *
Can you post the original URL where these images came from?

(Cool stuff.)


From 9ifly forums: http://www.9ifly.cn/thread-364-5-2.html

The first few pictures were originally posted as a travelogue by ticker@newsmth (a team member): http://www.newsmth.net/bbsbfind.php?q=1&am...cks&dt=1000
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