08 March 2017
China is working on a new manned spaceship that can fly both in low Earth orbit, as well as a Moon landing mission, Zhang Bainan, a spaceship engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said. He added that the spacecraft is recoverable and has a larger capacity than the new-generation manned spaceship of foreign countries, which can carry six people in low Earth orbit and three to four in a Moon landing mission.
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07 March 2017
China will develop a new generation of rockets launched from aircraft that can put satellites into space, according to Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. Air-launched rockets can rapidly replace dysfunctional satellites or, in cases of disaster relief, quickly send up Earth observation satellites to assist in the effort, Li said. The Y-20 strategic transport plane will be the carrier.
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06 March 2017
China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou-3 satellites in 2017, according to Yang Yuanxi, Deputy Chief Designer of the BeiDou satellite navigation system. It is part of a plan to put 35 BeiDou satellites into space to form an orbiting satellite network and offer worldwide navigation services by 2020. Yang was speaking on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, of which he is a member.
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04 March 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab three times after its planned launch in April, sources said 04 March.
Tianzhou 1 is scheduled to refuel Tiangong 2 three times and carry out experiments and tests. During the journey, Tianzhou 1 will orbit on its own for about three months and together with Tiangong 2 for about two months after their rendezvous.
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China to send first cargo ship Tianzhou 1 to space
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04 March 2017
China has officially started early explorations in the research and development of a heavy-lift launch vehicle‍. Wu Yanhua, the Deputy Director of China National Space Administration, said China's heavy-lift launch vehicle will be named Long March 9, and its first flight is planned for around 2030. Qin Xudong, Director of the overall design department, No.1 Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said the main research project is known as "One Overall Three Big." "One Overall" relates to the optimisation of the overall system, "Three Big" refers to the design, manufacturing and testing of big-caliber rockets.
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05 March 2017
Baidu Chief Executive Officer Robin Li, the billionaire co-founder of China’s largest search engine Baidu, wants Beijing to take the lead in getting Chinese enterprises to collaborate on research and craft a regulatory framework. His proposal was included among a raft of others he will put forth at an annual meeting of regulators this week, in a wish-list that includes a dream of seeing a Chinese private space-exploration leader - á la Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
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