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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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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21 July 2016
Two ambitious lunar missions are on the way as China continues its rapid ascent in space science. Engineer and Chief Designer for the China National Space Administration's (CNSA’s) Chang'e lunar exploration programme, Wu Weiren gave "Science" magazine an interview at CNSA's headquarters in Beijing in which he explains the gist of China's lunar programme as follows: "Engineering objectives have always been given priority in our lunar missions. We have to guarantee that we can access space, access a lunar orbit, and the lunar surface to realize the scientific objectives. We look carefully at our engineering objectives and the competences that we have and then based on that we design our scientific objectives."
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21 July 2016
Ye Guangfu made his first public appearance on 20 July, just after completing the European Space Agency (ESA) underground training course CAVES (Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills), a training mission deep in an Italian cave. Ye and five other prospective astronauts from Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States spent six nights in Sardinian caves from July 1 to 7, simulating a mission to another planet. The mission focused on multi-cultural approaches to leadership, following orders, teamwork and decision-making, according to ESA.
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20 July 2016
The output value of China's satellite navigation and location-based service industry grew 29.2 percent in 2015, with the country's self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System making a big contribution, according to a white paper. The output value reached 173.5 billion yuan (26 billion U.S. dollars), nearly 20 percent of it from the BeiDou application, showed the white paper released by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service (GNSS & LBS) Association of China on 20 July.
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17 July 2016
China's space scientists have developed the country's largest sun simulator. With a diameter of 5 meters, the device is capable of providing illumination stronger than natural sunlight and will be used to test the reliability of China's space probes and planetary rovers, according to the instrument's developer, Beijing Institute of Environmental Features.
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