The Chang’e 4 Moon – Relay Satellite of China


The CNSA (China National Space Administration) had plans to launch a relay satellite as a part of the Chang’e 4 mission to the farthest side of the moon, of which the name was announced recently. The Queqiao meaning bridge of magpies is a name which is derived from a folktale of the country. 

Along with the Queqiao, two microsatellites will also be launched in order to conduct scientific researchers. The Longjiang-1 and Longjiang-2 are these satellites whose names were announced on 24th April, Tuesday. The announcement of the satellite names on this date is so special for the Chinese as this day marked the launch of the country’s first satellite into space in 1970. Since 2016, 24th April is being celebrated as Space Day. 

The Queqiao and its March 4 rocket are currently in Xichang, Sichuan Province which is their launch site. The relay satellite is planned to be launched in May end. It will be placed on the Earth-moon Lagrange point L2’s halo orbit, which is gravitationally stable spot