31 July 2016
China has launched a program to develop hybrid spacecraft. The vehicle is expected to make space travel much cheaper if it proves successful. According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the new vehicle will be powered by multiple engines in different phases of the flight into orbit. These engines include turbine, ramjet and rocket. The core technique is using the air's oxygen as an oxidiser to create power.
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31 July 2016
China's lunar probe Chang'e 3 has been roaming around the moon for the last two and a half years. Working for 33 lunar nights, it now has the honor of being the probe which has operated the longest on the moon's surface.
It has collected 7 terabytes of data including pictures and videos that have been sent to over 1,000 colleges, universities and scientific institutions on the Chinese mainland, in Hong Kong and Macao.
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26 July 2016
Buzz Aldrin, most famously known as the second man to walk on the Moon, gave a presentation on 26 July at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The sprightly 86-year-old living legend addressed the 2016 class of the International Space University about his experiences as an astronaut and his mission not only to fly people to the Red Planet, but also to “maintain a permanent human presence on Mars.” He emphasized the importance of countries working together to reach Mars, saying that, “It is not just rocket fuel that’ll get us there. It’s the human spirit, the country, the people, the world, behind different countries working together.” Notably, he implored the audience that, “The most important thing” the U.S. space community needs to do to get to Mars “is to try to break through this relationship with China and to make that work great as soon as possible.”
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27 July 2016
Nature magazine is reporting in its current issue on the preparation for China's quantum satellite, named: QUESS - Quantum Experiments at Space Scale. The satellite will launch for its 2-year mission in August.
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27 July 2016
China will expand international exchange in the training of astronauts in a bid to push it closer to becoming a space power, Li Xinke of the Astronaut Center of China made the remarks on 27 July while briefing on an international training mission for astronauts. Chinese astronaut Ye Guangfu participated in the CAVES (Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills) training, an advanced training course for astronauts, organised by the European Space Agency (ESA). The training took place in the Sa Grutta underground caves, Sardinia, Italy. Prospective astronauts from Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States also took part in the training. "In the future, China will strengthen international communication in astronaut training while also relying on our own efforts," Li said. It is not clear whether further Chinese astronauts will be selected for CAVES training, added Li.
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26 July 2016
China's new-generation spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-7 sailed into the ocean from the Yangtze River on 26 July, beginning its maiden mission. Yuanwang-7 was accompanied by Yuanwang-6. Yuanwang-5 also set out days before. The three will carry out 10 missions in the Pacific and Indian oceans, including maritime tracking of the manned spaceflight Shenzhou 11, in the second half of this year, according to the ship's officer.
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