04 March 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab three times after its planned launch in April, sources said 04 March.
Tianzhou 1 is scheduled to refuel Tiangong 2 three times and carry out experiments and tests. During the journey, Tianzhou 1 will orbit on its own for about three months and together with Tiangong 2 for about two months after their rendezvous.
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05 March 2017
Baidu Chief Executive Officer Robin Li, the billionaire co-founder of China’s largest search engine Baidu, wants Beijing to take the lead in getting Chinese enterprises to collaborate on research and craft a regulatory framework. His proposal was included among a raft of others he will put forth at an annual meeting of regulators this week, in a wish-list that includes a dream of seeing a Chinese private space-exploration leader - á la Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
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03 March 2017
On 3 March, China launched an experiment satellite, "TK-1", from northwestern Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite, carried by the rocket "KT-2", blasted off from the launch center at 7:53 a.m. Friday, and it later entered its intended orbit.
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02 March 2017
A model prototype of China's first Mars probe is under development as the country plans to launch the probe around the summer of 2020, a leading Chinese aerospace expert told Xinhua on 01 March. "The probe will be launched at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China's southern Hainan Province," said Ye Peijian, a consultant to the programme undertaken by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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02 March 2017
China will launch a space station core module in 2018 as the first step in completing the country's first space outpost, according to a senior engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The core module of the space station, named "Tianhe-1" according to previous reports, will be launched on board a new-generation Long March-5 heavyweight carrier rocket, said Bao Weimin, director with CASC and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
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02 March 2017
After sending a probe to Mars in 2020, China plans to explore three asteroids and land on one of them to conduct scientific research, according to a Chinese asteroid research expert. "The experts' plan is to fly a probe by an asteroid, to fly side-by-side with an asteroid for a period, and to land on a third one to conduct in situ sampling analysis on the surface," said Ji Jianghui, a researcher at the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a member of the expert committee for scientific goal argumentation of deep-space exploration in China.
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