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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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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26 September 2017
Executives from major Chinese robotics and technology firms say Australia's new national space agency will provide excellent opportunities for engagement and cooperation between the two countries. Top Chinese robotics firm UBTech's Chief Strategy Officer, Bruce Ren, said China sees its space program as a national priority and Australia is far closer than other established players. "This is wonderful news," he said of the space agency plan. "China and Australia share an innovation outlook, we are in the same time zone and China has been investing heavily in space technology."
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22 September 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou 1, left its orbit under orders from ground control on 21 September around 6 p.m. Beijing Time. The cargo ship twice put on the breaks, continuously lowering its altitude before burning-up in the atmosphere, all under precise control and close monitoring from the ground. Before leaving orbit, Tianzhou 1 had completed a number of experiments, gaining important experience for the building and operating of China's space station.
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China’s Tianzhou 1 supply vehicle re-enters atmosphere
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25 September 2017
Fengyun-4A satellite, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, was put into operation on 25 September, said the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence. Tests on the satellite platform, payload and ground application system have been completed during its in-orbit operation. The satellite has helped improve the country's weather and climate forecasts, and test results during its in-orbit operation have met targets.
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22 September 2017
China's Tsinghua University has unveiled a plan to launch 24 microsatellites between 2018 and 2023 to detect short Gamma-ray bursts and help the study of gravitational waves. This programme was jointly initiated by the university and Spacety Research Institute, a Chinese space technology company.
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