08 October 2016
Mexico needs to devote more resources to space science and cooperate with China and other leading space explorers, said Mexican-American astronaut Jose Hernandez. Mexico should invest more in space and work on establishing a base on the Moon, Hernandez suggested when speaking to Xinhua on the margins of a two-day technology forum that concluded Friday in the central state of Guanajuato.
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07 October 2016
Over the past two decades, the world witnessed China’s rise from a mediocre space player to an influential power. A big contribution to this success came from its young, motivated and enthusiastic work force. It can be considered as one of the “secrets” of China’s space programme. ECNS interviewed a few of those space experts and shows what is special about them.
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04 October 2016
Stephen Chen of the SCMP participated in the 11th UK-China Workshop on Space Cooperation, taking place end of September in Shanghai and reports on the main findings: For three days, leading Chinese space scientists met their European counterparts to discuss how to work together on projects that push the limits of technology. As government budgets for space exploration tighten in the US and Europe, researchers are increasingly looking to Beijing’s national programme. But the bar for taking part is rising. Dr. Du Yuanjie, a senior engineering researcher with the China Academy of Space Technology said: “To collaborate with China, they [the Europeans] must bring to the table something that will make a tangible contribution to the mission. Otherwise, we’d rather work alone.” He also stressed that Western countries should not approach China for collaboration with second- or third-rate technology, because it would be regarded as humiliation.
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03 October 2016
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing has designed a simple, one-piece spaceplane whose design can be scaled up to carry more people, academy rocket scientist Lui Haiquang told the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week.
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27 September 2016
The US, Russia, and the European Union all have private rocket companies staking a claim in the burgeoning commercial space business. And now, the first private space company in China plans to add its country’s launch technology to the mix. Landspace, founded in 2015, says it will have its first commercial launch in 2017, an extraordinarily fast pace of development for an orbital rocket. The secret to Landspace’s rapid entry to market is that the company, founded by veterans of China’s state-owned rocket firms, will use flight-proven designs already deployed by the Chinese government.
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04 October 2016
China has been moving forward with plans for its first mission to the Red Planet. China recently tested an experimental supersonic, low density parachute, launching it into the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere to substitute for Martian conditions. According to reports, the scale parachute entered designated closed airspace thanks to a Tianying sounding rocket, before proving its technology and performance at altitudes between 33-50 kilometres.
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