08 May 2016
China's new-generation Long March-7 rocket departed for its launch base in Hainan on 08 May from north China's port of Tianjin. It has taken researchers eight years to develop the medium-sized rocket, which can carry up to 13.5 tonnes to low Earth orbit, said Li Hong, director of the Carrier Rocket Technology Research Institute with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. "The Long March-7 launch scheduled for late June will be of great significance as it will usher in China's space lab mission," said Yang Baohua, deputy manager of the company.
06 May 2016
The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences NAOC has teamed up with CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) engineers in the development of the world’s largest single dish telescope - the Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope FAST.
With a diameter of half a kilometre wide, FAST will dwarf the current single-dish telescopes. It will also be one of the most sensitive, able to receive weaker and more distant radio signals, helping to explore the nature, origins and evolution of the universe. The telescope's 19-beam receiver, a key component, is being designed and built in Australia by CSIRO engineers. “This is a really exciting project and builds on 40 years of CSIRO collaboration with Chinese industry and research organisations.”
China's human spaceflight chief talks Chinese space station, Tiangong-2 and international cooperation
04 May 2016
Zhou Jianping, China's Chief Designer of the human space flight programme answered questions by gbtimes on China's human spaceflight missions for 2016, Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11, and space science research and the future Chinese Space Station.
04 May 2016
Chinese space engineers are taking advantage of their expertise to develop a large family of industrial robots in the hope of grabbing a share of the huge Chinese market.
Wang Xiaolin, Chief Designer at Beijing-based Aerospace Science and Industry Intelligent Robot Co Ltd, said researchers at the company are specialists in servomotor, navigational devices and sensors, all of which are key parts in a robot. "We have used our expertise gained in the development of space equipment to make a series of industrial robots. We also design small and mid-sized portable robots that can handle counter-terrorism tasks, reconnaissance, explosive defusing, nuclear plant patrol as well as mineshaft inspection," Wang told China Daily.