21 November 2014
A satellite for natural disaster monitoring was successfully launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. on 21 November, China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center announced. The satellite Kuaizhou II, or Speedy Vessel II, will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information. The satellite was carried by a small launch vehicle bearing the same name as the vessel Kuaizhou. China launched the first Kuaizhou satellite in September last year.
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20 November 2014
China sent the Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite into a scheduled orbit at 3:12 p.m. on Thursday from the Jiuquan satellite launch center. Yaogan satellites will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. The Yaogan-24 was carried by a Long March-2D rocket, the 199th mission for the Long March rocket family.
19 November 2014
Russian and Chinese scientists will agree on a plan of cooperation in outer space research in January 2015, director of Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Space Research Lev Zeleny told reporters on Wednesday. “We have discussed plans of Russian-Chinese experiments with the chief of the similar institute just a week ago. We have a long list of 15-20 issues on each side. We will merge them at a meeting in January,” Zeleny said.
18 November 2014
China is interested in producing Russian rocket engines on its territory and wants to cooperate in manned space exploration, satellite navigation and remote sensing of the Earth, Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Tuesday. “During our visit to China, we discussed with our partners various spheres of cooperation, including satellite navigation, remote sensing of the Earth, manufacture of electronic components, materials engineering, aerospace engineering, manned space programs, and rocket engine building,” Ostapenko said.