Feeds

China to test recoverable moon orbiter

I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery

Business security measures using SSL

China is about to launch a lunar orbiter capable of returning home.

The nation's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence announced over the weekend that the craft has been built and taken to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

When it launches later this year, the un-named craft is expected to travel to the Moon, spend some time orbiting it and then head back to Earth.

The craft is a precursor for Chinas next major Moon mission, Chang'e-5, which is planned to bring samples of lunar material back to Earth.

This test is therefore a practice run for Chang'e-5, a mission China will be rather keen to have succeed after its Yutu lunar rover failed after just a few weeks' operation. China is very ambitious in space and the demise of the Jade Rabbit, as Yutu translates, would not have gone down well.

That the USA has subsequently been able to point at successes like Curiosity clocking up two years on Mars, and Opportunity beating the all-time off-world driving record will have the Middle Kingdom keen to post some milestones of its own.

The test orbiter is expected to fly by the end of the year. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away
Supermassive black hole dominates titchy star formation
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize
Is there ANYTHING cured pork can't do?
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.