06 August 2016
China on early 6 August, successfully launched the first satellite for mobile telecommunication. The Tiantong-01 satellite was launched at 00:22 a.m. Beijing Time, at southwestern China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with the Long March-3B carrier rocket. It is the first satellite of China's home-made satellite mobile telecom system, and a key part of the country's space information infrastructure. More geostationary satellites will be sent into orbit for the system.
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04 August 2016
China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit, launched as part of the Chang'e-3 lunar mission in 2013, has stopped operations, according to an official announcement by the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). Chang'e-3, China's first lunar lander, has operated on the Moon for 31 months, exceeding its design life by 19 months.
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03 August 2016
China is transferring two of its Long March II F or CZ-2F carrier rockets to their launch site in the west of the country. This is the first time that two CZ-2F rockets are being transferred to the launch center at the same time. One of the carrier rockets is scheduled for launch in the third quarter of this year to send the Tiangong-2 space laboratory into space. The other carrier rocket will lift off later carrying two astronauts to dock with the space laboratory and embark onto the Tiangong-2.
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31 July 2016
China has launched a program to develop hybrid spacecraft. The vehicle is expected to make space travel much cheaper if it proves successful. According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the new vehicle will be powered by multiple engines in different phases of the flight into orbit. These engines include turbine, ramjet and rocket. The core technique is using the air's oxygen as an oxidiser to create power.
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03 August 2016
China has completed the test ignition of its largest solid-fuel rocket motor in the northwest city of Xi'an. With a diameter of three meters, the solid-fuel rocket motor ran for 100 seconds after ignition. The successfully tested technologies will be used in heavy-lift and large rockets for China's deep-space explorations and manned moon-landings.
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31 July 2016
China's lunar probe Chang'e 3 has been roaming around the moon for the last two and a half years. Working for 33 lunar nights, it now has the honor of being the probe which has operated the longest on the moon's surface.
It has collected 7 terabytes of data including pictures and videos that have been sent to over 1,000 colleges, universities and scientific institutions on the Chinese mainland, in Hong Kong and Macao.
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