Shenzhou 17

Launch Overview

Liftoff Time
October 26, 2023 - 03:14 GMT (03:14 UTC)
Window Open
03:04 GMT (03:04 UTC)
Window Close
03:44 GMT (03:44 UTC)

Complex Overview

Launch Facility
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Launch Pad
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921)
Turnaround Time
a year

Who is CASC?

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

What Is Long March 2F/G?

The Long March 2F is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket, part of the Long March 2 rocket family. Designed to launch the crewed Shenzhou spacecraft, the Long March 2F is a human-rated two-stage version of the Long March 2E rocket, which in turn was based on the Long March 2C launch vehicle. It is launched from complex SLS at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.



The YF-20B engine is a gas generator cycle engine which was developed in China for use on core stages and boosters in the Long March family of rockets.


The YF-24B module consists of YF-22B and YF-23B vernier engines. It's used on the upper stages of Long March rockets.

Mission Overviw

Sixth crewed flight to the Chinese space station.

Mission Type
Human Exploration

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