17 January 2017
China will launch a satellite in the second half of this year to gather electromagnetic data that may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes. By collecting data on the Earth's electromagnetic field, ionosphere plasma and high-energy particles, the satellite will be used in real-time monitoring of earthquakes and possible seismic precursors in China and neighboring regions.
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17 January 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened on 12 January, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory.
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16 January 2017
Landspace Technology Corporation, a private aerospace company based in Beijing, said it has secured a contract with Gomspace, a Danish company, to launch a series of satellites. It is the first time for a private Chinese company to provide satellite launching services to the international market, the company's CEO Zhang Changwu said 14 January. According to the contract, Landspace will use its Landspace-1 rocket to put Gomspace's satellites into orbit in 2018.
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07 January 2017
China is working to set up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet Autonomous Region to detect the faintest echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang. The telescope, located 5,250 meters above sea level, will detect and gather precise data on primordial gravitational waves in the Northern Hemisphere. It is expected to be operational by 2021.
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16 January 2017
 A center for joint work of Russian and Chinese specialists in the sphere of space studies could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory as a part of the comprehensive plan of the region's social and economic development, the press service of the region's head said on 16 January in a statement.
The plan envisages two phases of development: already existing projects are expected to be implemented in 2017-2021, laying the base for further development, then the new economy of the Zabaikalsky Territory will be formed by 2030.
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16 January 2017
China has revealed a shortlist of names and logos submitted for its ambitious first mission to Mars, set to launch in 2020, with the public set to vote for the winners.
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