Chinese Rocketry

Chinese leadership decided to pursue missile and rocket technologies in the late 1950s with Soviet assistance, and the country conducted her first ballistic missile test in 1960. A decade later, China used a modified intermediate-range ballistic missile to sent her first artificial satellite DFH-1 into orbit in 1970. Early Chinese missile and rocket programme was headed by Dr Qian Xuesen, a Western-educated rocket scientist, based on a combination of Soviet technology, Western experience, and Chinese ingenuity.


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