30 September 2014
Chinese space authorities have publicized the first batch of photos captured by Gaofen-2, the country's most advanced Earth observation satellite so far. A total of 15 high-resolution photos have been sent back by Gaofen-2, which was launched in August. The photos include images of downtown Beijing and the bund area in Shanghai. Gaofen-2 can capture the image of a meter-long object from space in full color.[...] Gaofen-2 is the second of seven satellites to be launched as part of China's indigenous high-definition observation project. The overall Gaofen project is expected to be operational by 2020.
01 October 2014
British space journalist Clive Simpson reports from the IAC2014 in Toronto on his website: "Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev - a veteran of the Mir space station and three US space shuttle missions – was denied a visa to attend a prestigious annual space conference in Canada this week. He was one of eight Russian space leaders and an unspecified number of Chinese officials who all failed to obtain visas for the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being held in Toronto. Both countries had been expected to field high-ranking representatives on an influential panel featuring the heads of the world’s major space agencies."
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30 September 2014
As reported by numerous sources, high ranking officials from the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and from the Chinese National Space Administration were denied visas to Canada and were thus unable to attend the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, currently being held in Toronto, Canada. As a result, the traditional Heads of Agency panel was severly limited in its international representation, but still showcased an impressive line-up, featuring the Heads of NASA, ESA, JAXA, the CSA as well as ISRO and the Mexican Space Agency AEM.
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29 September 2014
A private mainland company plans to offer near-space tourism for ordinary people in a high altitude balloon, according to a Beijing newspaper. Passengers would ascend to 40,000 metres in a pressurised capsule, where they would enjoy not just the spectacular view of the earth's curvature set against a backdrop of deep, dark space, but a few moments of reduced gravity, according to Spacevision, a start-up in Beijing, The Mirror reported. The project was still in its "design phase" while the launch date and ticket prices were yet to be determined. The extreme balloon ride would also face hurdles such as safety laws and the government's strict regulation of civilian air space, a mainland space expert said.