25 August 2016
Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is making a play for space exploration history as the official timekeeper of China’s Mars Exploration Programme. The announcement came this week in Beijing as TAG Heuer CEO and branding wizard extraordinaire Jean-Claude Biver celebrated with scientists and officials of the China National Space Administration the unveiling of the exterior design of China's first Mars rover. TAG Heuer is a sponsor of the programme, and the planned 2020 Chinese mission to Mars will include a TAG Heuer timepiece on board.
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25 August 2016
China on Thursday published the first pictures transmitted back to earth from Gaofen-3, the country's first C-band high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite with a resolution of one meter.
The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) published images of the Beijing Capital International Airport, Xiamen city of Fujian Province, the northern port of Tianjin, China's fourth-largest freshwater lake Hongze and the Yellow Sea, which were taken by the satellite. These images were captured using different imaging modes and all appear to be clear, according to the SASTIND.
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25 August 2016
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) has approved funding for 38,160 projects this year, with a total investment of more than 18 billion yuan (2.8 billion U.S.dollars).
With a budget of 24.8 billion yuan for 2016, the NSFC received 177,551 applications as of August 16, it announced on 23 August. For programs exploring scientific frontiers, each has received an average 600,000 yuan investment. Those designated priority areas, such as quantum information technology, cosmic ray detection, and global environmental change, were each financed with 2.8 million yuan on average.
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16 August 2016
China plans to send more quantum communication satellites into orbit after the successful launch of the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite, according to Pan Jianwei, the Chief Scientist of the project. "If the new satellite operates well, China will follow up with projects Micius-2 and Micius-3," said Pan. He confirmed that China is striving to set up the first-ever global quantum communication network by around 2030, through linking a satellite constellation consisting of dozens of quantum satellites and ground-based quantum communication networks.
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24 August 2016
China plans to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, make a landing, and deploy a rover in July or August 2020, said Zhang Rongqiao, Chief Architect of the Mars mission at a press conference in Beijing on 23 August. "The challenges we face are unprecedented." According to Ye Peijian, one of China's leading aerospace experts and a consultant to the programme, the 2020 mission will be launched on a Long March-5 carrier rocket from the Wenchang space launch center in south China's Hainan province.
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16 August 2016
Two rocket-carrying ships, the Yuanwang-21 and Yuanwang-22, departed on 16 August to pick up and transport the Long March-5 rocket, China's largest carrier rocket scheduled to be launched later this year. The ships set out for north China's Tianjin port to pick up containers holding the Long March-5 and will arrive at Qinglan port in Wenchang in South China's Hainan Province after a seven-day journey.
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