08 March 2017
China will send a spacecraft to orbit and land on Mars, and deploy a rover in July or August 2020, Wan Weixing, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences told Chinese media on 06 March. The lander will touch down on the northern hemisphere of Mars, while the rover will explore the surface after a 7-month journey, and send data back in 2021, said Wan, also the Chief Scientist of China's Mars exploration programme. The probe’s designed life expectancy is one Martian year, or about two years on Earth, he said, when reviewing the government work report at the ongoing “two sessions,” namely the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
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08 March 2017
gbtimes published an interview with China's first female taikonaut, Liu Yang, in which she is talking about the current training for space mission, the objectives of the future Chinese Space Station and the challenges for female taikonauts.
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08 March 2017
China is working on a new manned spaceship that can fly both in low Earth orbit, as well as a Moon landing mission, Zhang Bainan, a spaceship engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said. He added that the spacecraft is recoverable and has a larger capacity than the new-generation manned spaceship of foreign countries, which can carry six people in low Earth orbit and three to four in a Moon landing mission.
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06 March 2017
China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou-3 satellites in 2017, according to Yang Yuanxi, Deputy Chief Designer of the BeiDou satellite navigation system. It is part of a plan to put 35 BeiDou satellites into space to form an orbiting satellite network and offer worldwide navigation services by 2020. Yang was speaking on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, of which he is a member.
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07 March 2017
China will develop a new generation of rockets launched from aircraft that can put satellites into space, according to Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. Air-launched rockets can rapidly replace dysfunctional satellites or, in cases of disaster relief, quickly send up Earth observation satellites to assist in the effort, Li said. The Y-20 strategic transport plane will be the carrier.
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04 March 2017
China has officially started early explorations in the research and development of a heavy-lift launch vehicle‍. Wu Yanhua, the Deputy Director of China National Space Administration, said China's heavy-lift launch vehicle will be named Long March 9, and its first flight is planned for around 2030. Qin Xudong, Director of the overall design department, No.1 Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said the main research project is known as "One Overall Three Big." "One Overall" relates to the optimisation of the overall system, "Three Big" refers to the design, manufacturing and testing of big-caliber rockets.
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