28 June 2016
Australia's leading space analyst, Morris Jones, is examining the accusations made about the "Aolong-1" spacecraft of being an space weapon. Aolong 1 was launched on board the Long March 7 on 25 June and attracted attention in certain media. He comes to the conclusion that: "All things considered, this accusation seems somewhat unfair to the project."
25 June 2016
The Russian and Chinese governments signed an agreement on measures to protect technologies in connection to cooperation on peaceful space exploration and usage as well as creation and exploitation of launch vehicles and land-based space infrastructure, according to the statement of Roscosmos. The agreement seeks to regulate Russian-Chinese space cooperation on rocket engines and launch vehicles.
According to Roscosmos, the two spacefaring nations are laying groundwork for new forms of space cooperation, which has been on the upswing since 1992.
25 June 2016
CCTV's reporter has visited the Wenchang satellite launch center and talked to some young engineers contributing to the project. Computers, computers, and more computers. They fill the monitoring hall of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center along with this large data screen. They look overwhelming for an average Chinese, but not for He Liang, who's an engineer there. He came here in 2013 as a member of the 10-man engineering team preparing for the launch of the Long March 7 rocket. The 30-year-old engineer says the average age of his team members is 25 - and for most of them, this launch is their first space mission. A big opportunity but also a big challenge.
26 June 2016
China launched its Long March-7 carrier rocket successfully late on 25 June, hailed as a prelude for the country's five-year plan (2016-2020) for the space sector.
China is expected to have more than 200 spacecraft in orbit by 2020 and perform about 30 launches per year on average, said Yang Baohua, Deputy Manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), on 26 June. China plans to launch the Long March-5 in the second half of the year, according to the Carrier Rocket Technology Research Institute.
China enjoys the LM 7 launch: 360° panorama video