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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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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13 July 2016
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin discussed cooperation in space, nuclear power and aviation with China's Vice Premier Wang Yang. Both officials are currently in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, where they are due to attend the third China-Russia Expo industrial exhibition. Over 280 enterprises from 10 Chinese provinces have sent applications to attend the event.
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"We’re developing an understanding for the rocket and space industry for possible interaction in such profound and technologically complex projects as the future exploration of the Moon, Mars and piloted cosmonautics," the Russian vice-premier said. In Rogozin’s opinion, both countries have the potential to implement such impressive projects as trust exists both at the political level and at the level of specialists solving these issues.
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12 July 2016
China will launch a Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM) satellite around 2020, to help in forecasting hydrological events including flood and drought. As the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGRSS) 2016 kicked off in Beijing on 11 July, China announced its plans for the WCOM satellite, the first geoscientific satellite to provide integrated observation of key elements of the global water cycle.
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12 July 2016
China's new generation of space tracking ship, the Yuanwang-7, which will perform maritime tracking of manned spaceflight Shenzhou-11 and other space missions later this year, was formally launched on 12 July after a 60-day trial period. The vessel, designed by China, marks a new high for China's space tracking technology.
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12 July 2016
Forty high school students from Laiyuan in Hebei Province are getting a chance to be close to China's latest aerospace technology during their themed summer camp, which started on 11 July 2016, at the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) in Beijing. During the week-long summer camp, the CAAA will arrange guided tours to showcase wind tunnels and the Caihong (CH, or rainbow in English) series unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), both major lines of business for the CAAA.
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