23 October 2014
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed two contracts with EarthSTAR, a subsidiary of EarthView Image, totaling approximately CA$10 million. The first contract is a multi-year extension of Radarsat-2 distribution rights. In addition, the contract includes exclusive distribution rights for China, effective November 11, 2014. The Radarsat-2 information will be used to support government and commercial users in China in areas such as land use management, environmental monitoring, subsidence monitoring, and disaster response.
23/24 October 2014
China launched today its Chang'e 4 (Chang'e 5-T1) lunar mission. It marks the start of the 3rd Phase of China's Lunar Exploration Programme.
Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society has some details on her blog:
On board is the 4M amateur radio payload - the first private lunar space mission project. 4M - Manfred Memorial Moon Mission - is dedicated to the late founder and CEO of OHB Systems AG Bremen. The mission is a lunar flyby of a spacecraft that is attached to the last stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. SpaceFlightNow is reporting on this 4M project. Congratulation to China! Congratulation to OHB/LuxSpace!
22 October 2014
China will launch a new lunar mission this week to test technology likely to be used in Chang'e-5, a future lunar probe with the ability to return to Earth. The experimental spacecraft launched this week is expected to reach a location near the moon and return to Earth, according to a source with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Wednesday.
More also on SpaceDaily...
China to send orbiter to Moon and back
20 October 2014
China launched the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:31 p.m. on Monday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief.