15 May 2016
The "Long March 7" rocket has arrived at the harbor in the city of Wenchang after a 6-day journey at sea from Tianjin. What distinguishes it, is a brand new power system. Also, as Wang Xiaojun,Director General of the Long March 7 carrier rocket project from China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology explains, big challenges comes from the climate in Hainan. "We have to deal with the high temperatures, high humidity and the salty mist, while the high humidity poses the biggest challenge. The temperature of liquid oxygen is kept at minus 183 degrees Celsius. After filling it into the propellant, the low temperature together with the moist air will cause condensation and the rocket will be covered with dew." The rocket is expected to be the main rocket used in the transporting of cargo for China's planned space station.
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12 May 2016
China and the United States have held their first dialogue on outer space safety in Washington. During the dialogue on 10 May the two sides exchanged views on issues such as outer space policy, bilateral cooperation on space safety and multilateral space initiatives. The discussions were "pragmatic, in-depth and fruitful," according to the Chinese delegation. The two sides agreed to hold the next dialogue before the end of the year.
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11 May 2016
The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Space Studies Board of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to invite applications for the 2016-17 Forum for New Leaders in Space Science. The Forum, initiated in 2014, is designed to provide opportunities for a highly select group of young Earth and space scientists from China and the United States to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial environment at meetings to be held in China and the United States.
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10 May 2016
Space technology is to be put to work on Earth - in a device for testing soil quality. The agricultural monitoring system, consisting of a mobile rover platform with a robotic arm which carries a soil sensing instrument, will be based on technology previously developed for use in exploration on Mars. Researchers from University of Strathclyde, working with partners in the UK and China, will demonstrate in trials the feasibility of the device's agricultural operation by using an integrated, force feedback-controlled robotic system on the ground during the project.
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11 May 2016
China’s first domestically developed commercial Earth imaging satellite Jilin-1A optical satellite, orbiting in 600 km above the Earth, is providing images of a maximum full colour resolution of 0.72 metres and 2.88 m multi-spectral resolution.
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08 May 2016
The new generation of China's Long March rockets also includes the Long March-5 and 6. The Long March-5 is scheduled for launch at the end of this year.  Its 5-meter diameter can hold a payload over 2-and-a-half times greater than rockets' now in service.  The Long March-5 will be tasked with Phase 3 of the lunar exploration program and space station building.
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