25 September 2014
Mars received two visitors from the Earth this week. NASA's new spacecraft MAVEN entered the orbit around Mars on Sept. 21 to hunt for the planet's lost water. And India's first Mars probe has reached Mars on Sept. 24, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that India is the first country to have reached the Red Planet on its first attempt. After China's successful soft landing on the moon late last year, will Mars be its next goal? No official plan has been published yet, but some experts have disclosed the country's interest.
25 September 2014
[...] India reminds us of the importance of taking the first step. Though Yinghuo-1 was outperformed by Mangalyaan, China's aerospace sector has made precious achievements in space, such as manned spaceflight and building space stations. Without these previous efforts, we will still be absent in some core fields. Mangalyaan brings us more affirmation than a sense of competition. Among Net users from both countries, acrimonious remarks are heard against each other, creating an impression that China and India are mired in deep hostility. But any real conflict of interest between the two is much less serious. Bilateral cooperation is entering the prime stage.
24 September 2014
The Guardian in Beijing reported about Chris Hadfield's visit to the city during which he used the occasion to stress the importance of international cooperation with regards to Space Exploration, mentioning the relation between the US and China in particular. According to the article, Hadfield told them “The US and China need symbolic ways to cooperate beyond panda bears and this is a really good way to do it. Astronauts from another nation training with China, or Chinese astronauts training at facilities such as NASA’s at Houston, would be a positive and symbolic first step towards working together on a more lasting basis."
19 September 2014
As reported by the European Space Agency, a recent meeting of the Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) Interoperability Working Group in Tampa (Florida, USA) has resulted in China committing to utilize SBAS on their indigenous BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. Those SBAS services are meant to be fully compatible with standards set forward by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Representing ESA, Didier Flament was quoted saying “This new plan has been highly welcomed by the aviation community and other SBAS providers, [...] Chinese representatives have also confirmed their intention to become part of the SBAS IWG and contribute to the work done to finalise the future standard.”