19 January 2017
On 17 January 2017, the French provider for parabolic flight in Europe signed in Beijing an agreement with China's Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization (CSU), a subordinate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for the operation of parabolic flight campaigns. The contract is initially for one year with two options of extension. Also, the flights are planned to be conducted from Bordeaux in France but might take-off in the future from China.
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17 January 2017
Russia and China are in the process of setting up a joint Differential Corrections and Monitoring (SDCM) high-precision satellite navigation system, China National Space Administration (CNSA) chief representative in Russia Zhang Yuan said on 17 January. Plans for the system were first mentioned in 2015. In September, the Russian Space Systems (RSS) company said talks were ongoing. RSS deputy head engineer Grigory Stupak said that high precision would be achieved by expanding the two countries' network of SDCM system stations working with the Russian Glonass and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems.
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17 January 2017
China will launch a satellite in the second half of this year to gather electromagnetic data that may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes. By collecting data on the Earth's electromagnetic field, ionosphere plasma and high-energy particles, the satellite will be used in real-time monitoring of earthquakes and possible seismic precursors in China and neighboring regions.
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16 January 2017
Landspace Technology Corporation, a private aerospace company based in Beijing, said it has secured a contract with Gomspace, a Danish company, to launch a series of satellites. It is the first time for a private Chinese company to provide satellite launching services to the international market, the company's CEO Zhang Changwu said 14 January. According to the contract, Landspace will use its Landspace-1 rocket to put Gomspace's satellites into orbit in 2018.
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17 January 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened on 12 January, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory.
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16 January 2017
 A center for joint work of Russian and Chinese specialists in the sphere of space studies could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory as a part of the comprehensive plan of the region's social and economic development, the press service of the region's head said on 16 January in a statement.
The plan envisages two phases of development: already existing projects are expected to be implemented in 2017-2021, laying the base for further development, then the new economy of the Zabaikalsky Territory will be formed by 2030.
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