29 July 2017
China is developing a new generation of atomic clock, which it aims to use on the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) on 28 July. The microwave mercury ion clock is currently one of the most accurate tools for measuring time by tracking atomic movement in the microwave range, said Wang Nuanrang, project leader at the CASTC. It can provide extremely precise measurements of time that can be used in the fields of deep space exploration and satellite navigation.
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27 July 2017
Matthias Maurer is the new German space traveller in the ESA astronaut corps. He is currently completing his basic astronaut training, which involves commuting between Cologne, Houston and Moscow. Beijing will be added to his travel itinerary in summer, as Maurer was already responsible for maintaining Sino-European relationships at ESA before joining the astronaut programme. Now, for the first time, astronauts and taikonauts will train together in the Far East. He would find a trip to the 'Heavenly Palace' - China's space station - as wonderful an experience as a flight to the International Space Station ISS.
Martin Fleischmann, editor at the German Aerospace Centre DLR, interviewed Dr. Matthias Maurer.
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20 July 2017
A new Chinese experiment showed in early July that quantum teleportation works between the ground and space. The experiment was performed using the Chinese quantum research satellite QUESS-Micius launched in 2016. It worked at a distance of 1,400 kilometers, many times as far as the previous teleportation record. A quantum physicist says the experiment is “profound” in that it could help lead to supersecure, superfast quantum internet. No people or things were teleported, only properties of photons – or particles of light – using a physics theory called quantum mechanics. The experiment was a proof of concept.
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26 July 2017
Nature Magazine published an overview article on China's achievements and ambitions in space science: "With major spaceflight milestones behind it, China is working to build an international reputation for space science."
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27 July 217
Eminent space scientist G. Madhavan Nair on 27 July said he was hopeful of a joint space programme between India and China.
"We have attempted many times space programme with China but so far we have not succeeded. However, I hope it happens in the near future," the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said after delivering the second lecture of the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Lecture Series organised by the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong.
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25 July  2017
Space News reports that U.S. regulators have not agreed to the planned joint venture between satellite connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment based in California, and Beijing Shareco Technologies of China.
The deal would have enabled Global Eagle to deliver in-flight entertainment and connectivity services to airlines within the China HNA-group. Space News wrote that Global Eagle would have been granted "the ability to sell antennas, network services and other equipment to HNA aircrafts on an exclusive basis."
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