24 March 2015
The second ground test of the power system of China's next-generation carrier rocket was completed Monday, ahead of its first flight in 2016. Using non-toxic, non-polluting liquid propellant, the engines of Long March-5 were test-fired on the ground to test current technology, said Tan Yonghua, head of the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology. [...] "The Chang'e-5 lunar mission is undergoing intensive development and is scheduled to be launched with a Long March-5 carrier rocket from south China's Hainan Province around 2017," said Xu.
19 March 2015
There are very versatile proposals on the table for a joint Sino-European science mission. The joint call for proposals closed on 16 March. During two workshops in the last two years, European and Chinese scientists came up with ideas for a network of lunar satellites, X-ray imager, extreme-ultraviolet telescope or a telescope studying galaxy formation. The mission concepts are currently under evaluation. An decision is expected by the end of 2015.
18 March 2015
Chinese space authorities have announced plans to launch more than 40 different spacecraft on 20 launches into orbit this year. "They will be mainly communication satellites, or geosynchronous satellites orbiting at the height of 36-thousand miles. There will also be some remote sensing satellites sent up to observe the Earth, as well as navigation satellites for the Beidou system." said Zhao Xiaojin, Director of the Space Department with the China Aerospace and Science Technology Corporation. Additionally, he stated that work is also continuing on the Chinese lunar programme. "We have made breakthroughs in most of the key technology needed for the Chang'e-5 mission. This year we will conduct more ground tests, particularly ones involving the conditions which will imitate the environment on the Moon."
18 March 2015
A celestial object, located between Mars and Jupiter and discovered by a Chinese researcher was assigned the name of a Chinese scientist known for his contributions to aerospace engineering in cybernetics and systems engineering: "Song Jian".