09 October 2014
Following a decade of cooperation, China has honoured ESA’s Yves-Louis Desnos with the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award – the country’s highest honour for foreign experts who have contributed to China’s economic and social progress. At a ceremony in Beijing on 29 September, Yves-Louis, Head of Research and Development section in ESA’s Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, received the award for his work in coordinating the collaborative Chinese–European Dragon Programme.
08 October 2014
China will launch a new "constellation" of marine surveillance satellites in 2019 to monitor ships, oil rigs, marine disasters and land-based resources. According to Lin Mingsen, deputy director with the National Satellite Ocean Application Service, the HY-3 "constellation" will include a series of satellites that employ synthetic aperture radar technology, "capable of operating day or night... and in all weather conditions."
06 October 2014
Venezuela signed Sunday an agreement with a Chinese state-owned company to build and deliver into orbit the country's third satellite with the help of Chinese technology. The satellite will be named after the independence hero Antonio Jose de Sucre, although both sides didn't offer details of its cost and specific timeframe for the project. The agreement, which was inked at the presence of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was signed between the Venezuelan government and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), China's sole commercial satellite launch service provider.
04 October 2014
Premier Li Keqiang will visit Germany, Russia, Italy and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) headquarters from Oct. 9 to 15. [...] Germany is China's biggest European partner in trade, investment and technological cooperation. Bilateral trade volume last year exceeded 160 billion U.S. dollars. Xiong Wei of the Chinese Foreign Affairs University said cooperation in innovation, especially in industrial informatization, finance and aviation and space technology, will give new impetus to China-Germany ties.