10 July 2017
The world's first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), launched by China in 2016, has realized the distribution of entangled photon pairs over 1,200 kilometers. It has proved that quantum entanglement, described by Albert Einstein as a "spooky action," still exists at such a distance. As the satellite's lead scientist, Pan Jianwei has a greater goal: to test quantum entanglement between Earth and the Moon at a distance over 300,000 km, which may help research on gravity and the structure of spacetime.
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10 July 2017
Four Chinese volunteers will live in a sealed, self-contained laboratory simulating a moon-like environment, for the next 200 days without any interaction with the outside world as China prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the Moon. The lab, called "Yuegong-1" or "Lunar Palace," is a 160-square-meter cabin. It is located at Beihang University, and the four volunteers follow the footsteps of another group of four who have just finished their initial stay of 60 days. The "Lunar Palace" consists of a major living space and two plant cultivation modules. The major cabin covers an area of 42 square meters, while each of the plant cabins is 3.5 meters in height and 50 to 60 square meters in area.
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07 July 2017
After Chinese researchers demonstrated in June the transfer of entangled quantum particles to receivers on Earth, they could now even teleport particles’ properties and transmit quantum encryption keys. It is the first time that two techniques have been demonstrated in space.
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07 July 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to aerospace official Tang Yagang. Tang is vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). He said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-tonne freighters. China will use solid carrier rockets which rely less on launch facilities and feature mature technology, Tang said, adding that key technology for the carrier rockets will be tested at sea this year and the service is expected to be available for international users in 2018.
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03 July 2017
China's booming sharing economy is blasting off into space with a telescope that satellite users can rent by the hour to look at distant stars and planets. The satellite will allow space lovers to log onto a web portal to use professional astronomy equipment for 2,000 RMB (US-$ 295) to 3,000 RMB per hour. The project is the brainchild of Changsha-based company Tianyi Space Research Institute, a nanosatellites manufacturer. The time-share satellite is expected to go online next year, Tianyi CEO Yang Feng told media.
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06 July 2017
The communications satellite Zhongxing-9A has entered its preset orbit over two weeks after its launch on 19 June. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the Long March-3B launch, which failed to deliver the satellite as planned.
The satellite conducted 10 orbit adjustments with its onboard thrusters and reached on 5 July its preset orbit at 101.4 degrees east longitude over the equator, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on 6 July.
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