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
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
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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28 February 2017
China is about to begin the development of the next generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by 2018, said Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology on 27 February. CZ-8 will greatly reduce the cost of launching low-orbit satellites, which can be well used in commercial satellite launching market.
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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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27 February 2017
Fengyun-4, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, has sent its first collection of images and data. The published images were obtained by the multi-channel scanning imagery radiometer and the atmospheric sounding interferometer, and information included data on the distribution and intensity of lightening, obtained by the lightening imaging sensor, according to Tian Yulong, Chief Engineer of the SASTIND - the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.
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