28 September 2014
China successfully launched an experimental satellite into preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in its northwestern gobi desert on Sunday. The Shijian-11-07 was boosted by a Long March-2C carrier rocket at 1:13 p.m. Beijing Time. The satellite, which was developed by China Spacesat Co. Ltd under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, will be used to conduct scientific experiments in space. This was the 194th flight of the Long March rocket series.
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28 September 2014
China will promote the application of satellite earth observation technologies to better serve the economy, officials and experts said. [...] The administration will promote the construction of a high-definition earth observation system and the spatial data infrastructure, he said. It plans to spend ten years in constructing an earth observation system that integrates use of air, space and ground based technology, including drones, satellites and GPS systems, in order to serve the economic and social development.
27 September 2014
China will soon have two space laboratories in service and is selecting engineers to join its third batch of astronauts, a senior space official said on Friday. "The Tiangong-1 space lab is in good condition, its equipment is functioning normally and fuel is sufficient for further operations," Wang Zhaoyao, director of the China Manned Space Agency, told a news conference in Beijing on the third anniversary of the Tiangong-1 mission. "We will closely monitor the lab's condition and arrange experiments for it so that its lifespan can be extended for as long as possible."
25 September 2014
Mars received two visitors from the Earth this week. NASA's new spacecraft MAVEN entered the orbit around Mars on Sept. 21 to hunt for the planet's lost water. And India's first Mars probe has reached Mars on Sept. 24, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that India is the first country to have reached the Red Planet on its first attempt. After China's successful soft landing on the moon late last year, will Mars be its next goal? No official plan has been published yet, but some experts have disclosed the country's interest.