29 July 2014
In an article with China Topix, a US-based online news platform, Wu Zhijian, spokesperson of the China State Administration of Science and Technology explained that the development of Change'e 5 is proceeding well. Despite this good news, China is aware of the difficulties along the way and that more milestone achievements for key technologies must be achieved. Also, the use of Chang'e 4 is still foreseen to support the lunar sample return missions Change'e 5 and Chang'e 6.
24 July 2014
The test, conducted within its territory late on Wednesday, "achieved the pre-set goal", according to a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense. Military authorities provided no other information about the operation.
China has already successfully completed two mid-course land-based missile interception tests, in 2010 and 2013, both of which "attained pre-set objectives."
22 July 2014
China and Brazil have agreed to move ahead with the “China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS)” programme by adding another satellite to it, CBERS 4A, the Brazilian press reported citing the Brazilian Space Agency. The director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), Xu Dazhe, showed interest in building the CBERS 5 and 6 satellites as part of the 10-year programme between the two countries, talks for which are due to begin again at the end of 2014.
18 July 2014
The first of three experimental modules for China's planned space station is expected to be launched in 2018, with the other two set for launch in 2020 and 2022, a leading scientist said. The modules will help form a 60-ton space station. "We set the date as a preliminary goal," said Gu Yidong, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a leading research expert in manned space stations. Previous media reports set the launch date for the modules at around 2020. "The date might be changed because a number of factors can influence a launch date. This is a common feature in international research," Gu said at a Beijing forum on space research.