29 September 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites on 29 September on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family.
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28 September 2017
Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), said that he expected to strengthen cooperation with China in the field of tackling climate change. Le Gall, who also serves as the president of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, has been a strong advocate for the utilization of space technologies to meet the challenges of climate change.
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27 September 2017
The unsuccessful launch of China's latest heavy-lift carrier rocket has led to the delay in several major spacecraft missions, whose cause is expected to be released at the end of the year, according to Tian Yulong, Secretary General of the China National Space Administration, who spoke at a press conference during the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. The launch of the lunar probe Chang'e 5, which was scheduled to be sent in the second half of 2017 to retrieve lunar samples, and Chang'e 4, which was due to be launched in 2018 to land on the far side of the moon, will be rescheduled at the end of the year, Tian said and added that the construction of China's space station will also be affected, as the launch of the core module "Tianhe 1" has been moved to 2019.
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26 September 2017
Cambodia's Apsara Authority, responsible for the extensive Angkor Wat archaeological park and UNESCO World Heritage in Siem Reap has extended an agreement with China’s International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage to continue using its remote sensing technology to discover and preserve ancient temples in Cambodia's Siem Reap province. “This technology gives images from space, allowing us to explore a particular location,” Long Kosal, spokesman for the Apsara Authority said. “It gives us accurate readings of the Angkor Park and images will be updated once every four days. This technology will also be used to monitor changes in water, both on land and underground, for water management in the Angkor Park,” he added.
The initial memorandum of understanding was signed in 2013 and was extended for three years on 26 September 2017.
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28 September 2017
China is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is impressive in opening its space missions to other countries, said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). "We are trying to negotiate in a bilateral way between UNOOSA and Chinese government how we can be part of the Belt and Road Initiative, an important initiative that China is putting forward. Clearly, we are focusing on the space segment, space aspect, space elements of the Belt and Road Initiative," Di Pippo said.
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25 September 2017
Russia’s space agency is considering plans of sending cosmonauts to China’s orbit station currently under construction, Roscosmos Head of Space Programmes, Igor Komarov, told reporters at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia on 25 September. "There have been certain talks on this issue," Komarov said, commenting on whether Russia has received any offers for its cosmonauts to visit China’s orbit station in the future. The Roscosmos Chief said he expects that the parliament will ratify a fundamental law regulating the exchange of technologies in rocket industry within one or two months. "I hope that after this a possibility will open for full-fledged and full-scale cooperation. In many areas a big horizon will open and we see an interest of our partners," he said.
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