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The second Mars test pushes China into increasing its investment

The first attempt of China to arrive at the Red Planet was not successful. China’s Yinghuo-1 Orbiter strapped beneath the Fobos-Grunt nine years ago. Fobos-Grunt is a Russian spaceship developed to obtain specimens from the bigger two moons of the Red Planet. The satellites were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on top of a Ukrainian Zenit rocket. 

Contact was renounced when there was a progression of engine burns intended to sense the rockets towards the Red Planet. Following the unsuccessful launch trials, later on, after two months of rehearsals to re-establish the signal, the two rockets fell back to Earth. 

After nine years with four Mars sendoffs, China is now prepared to make another attempt, which they hope will be successful. This time around things is a bit different as China has all the abilities to carry out the Mars launch effort, marking the first interplanetary operation ever carried out by the nation. For the process to be effective, China must manage and integrate all the skills and technologies during the moon mission and other sectors. 

The Tianwen-1 operation (heavenly missions) will involve an orbiter and a rover in alone sendoff. 

Staff members have carried out extensive calculations concerning the liftoff data, despite the preparation of Chinese State Media in carrying out the liftoff from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. The spaceport was established purposely to carry out the launch of Long March 5 solid-lift rocket, which went back to the flight successfully in last December after a 2017 launch letdown. 

Sources assert that the Tianwen-1 satellite was planned to launch on July 23 on board of Long March 5, an enormous-lift rocket. The mission will count the fourth one, entailing the July 2017 mission failure. This time around, China plans to send both the orbiter and the rover into the furthest spot any Chinese spaceship has ever visited. 

Yuanwang-class tracking ships will also help during the launch, receiving support from the European Space Agency’s TRACK amenities. A 15-meter antenna located in Kourou, French Guiana, will aid in the first acquisition of the spaceship as it detaches from the Long March 5 loftier. Tracing of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft during its critical operations such as orbit-change maneuvers and arrival on the Red Planet will be carried out by Deep Space antennas situated in Spain and Australia. 

China expects the Tianwen-1 rocket to reach on the Red Planet in early February of 2021. The orbiter and the lander are expected to stay in the parking space for two-three months before trying the launch itself.