16 January 2017
China has revealed a shortlist of names and logos submitted for its ambitious first mission to Mars, set to launch in 2020, with the public set to vote for the winners.
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13 January 2017
China's first commercial high-resolution Earth observation satellite network has begun to operate, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp said. The country's major space contractor, has released several images taken by SuperView 1A and 1B, the first two satellites of the SuperView system. The images show the Potala Palace and a local convention center in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, as well as the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The SuperView 1A and 1B were lifted atop a Long March 2D carrier rocket on 28 December 2016 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi province. They entered preset orbits on 10 December and have sent more than 1,200 ground images back to the control center, according to the State-owned CASC.
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09 January 2017
The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on 9 January. The JL-1 is a multifunctional remote-sensing satellite providing high-definition video images which is expected to be used for land resource and forestry surveying, environmental protection, transport and disaster prevention and relief purposes. The XY-S1 and Caton-1 are experimental satellites to test technologies of low-orbit narrow-band communication and VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) respectively.
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05 January 2017
Chinese scientists are drawing a 1:2.5 million scale geological map of the Moon. Ouyang Ziyuan, first Chief Scientist of China's lunar exploration program, said five universities and research institutes have set standards for digital mapping and drawing of the Moon's geological structure. A sketch version of the map, 4.36 meters by 2.2 meters, will be finished by 2018, and released by 2020.
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06 January 2017
China successfully launched the No.2 telecommunication technology test satellite late night on 5 January 2017 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was launched at 11:18 p.m. by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
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27 and 28 December 2016
In a two part-article published on "Breaking Defense", Joan Johnson-Freese and Theresa Hitchens are challenging the predominant media rhetoric of an imminent war in space to which the U.S. might be forced because of Chinese on-going efforts in the militarisation of space. The two authors are comparing the fantasies of recent TV reports with the facts and analyse, how at all the star-wars-rhetoric could come into place. Also, they are explaining a set of diplomatic actions which could be taken to avoid conflict in space and to keep the space environment usable for future generations: "A key aspect of these diplomatic efforts must be our coming to terms with China"
Part 1: Stop The Fearmongering Over War In Space: The Sky’s Not Falling
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Part 2: Stopping The Slide Towards A War In Space: The Sky’s Not Falling
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