18 July 2014
The first of three experimental modules for China's planned space station is expected to be launched in 2018, with the other two set for launch in 2020 and 2022, a leading scientist said. The modules will help form a 60-ton space station. "We set the date as a preliminary goal," said Gu Yidong, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a leading research expert in manned space stations. Previous media reports set the launch date for the modules at around 2020. "The date might be changed because a number of factors can influence a launch date. This is a common feature in international research," Gu said at a Beijing forum on space research.
15 July 2014
Antwerp Space NV, a subsidiary of OHB AG successfully delivered 2 Omnisat equipments to two institutional customers in China. The equipment will be used for checking out of high speed satellite transmitters and in ground stations for the reception of earth observation data. The Omnisat of Antwerp Space has won the international tender because of its unique capability to deliver up to 3 independent high speed satellite receivers in a single chassis at any given intermediate frequency. This allowed the customers to have a very flexible receiver, at a competitive price.
17 July 2014
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday underlined the importance of cooperation in science, technology and space areas between China and her country, especially a project known as the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS) Program. "We reaffirmed the commitment to launch, even in 2014, the CBERS-4 satellite. Our Space Plan supports the extension of that program, and we hope in the future we can launch CBERS satellites also from Brazil," Rousseff said after witnessing the signing of a series of deals and memoranda involving a range of fields such as technology, finance together with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday.
21 July 2014
Ailing Chinese moon rover Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit," might have been damaged by knocking against rocks on a lunar surface that is more complicated than expected, its designer has said. Data from foreign researchers projected that there would be four stones, each above 20 cm, on average every 100 square meters, but the quantity and size of the stones that Yutu has encountered has far exceeded this expectation, Zhang said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.