27 February 2017
Models of Chinese rockets will debut at Australian International Airshow to be held in Avalon from 28 February to 4 March, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) reported. Long March carrier rockets are compatible with foreign satellites, said CASC, adding that the rockets had provided commercial launch services for several countries including Laos and Belarus.
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28 February 2017
Auckland pupils have teamed up with students from China to solve the problem of how to feed astronauts in space. The pupils researched the topic of using hydroponic plants to feed astronauts during a long journey to Mars or the International Space Station.
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21 February 2017
China will build a comprehensive monitoring system by 2020 to implement its ecological "red line" strategy and supervise activities inside the nature reserves, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said. From this year, authorities will conduct remote sensing monitoring on all national-level nature reserves twice a year, the Ministry said, adding that it will build a space-ground observation system with satellite remote sensing technology to monitor ecological changes.
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17 February 2017
China will launch its most advanced communications satellite in April as it builds a large capacity network that will enable passengers on jetliners and high-speed trains to use the internet. Shijian 13, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, will be lifted on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province. The satellite, which weighs 4.6 metric tons, will stay for 15 years in a geostationary orbit about 36,000 kilometers above Earth, the Academy said.
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22 February 2017
Director of China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) Wang Zhaoyao and the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Roberto Battiston signed an frame-work agreement on cooperation in the area of human space flight activities. The signature ceremony in Beijing was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The agreement is asking for the set-up of a Joint Cooperation Committee which will meet at least once a year to establish the modalities of the partnership, aiming at access to scientific data, joint scientific publications, exchange of staff and joint participation in technical reviews on human flight. "Space is a new Silk Road without boundaries, and international cooperation is a key element, both from a scientific point of view and from that of technological development," said ASI President Roberto Battiston. "This agreement is important for the European and international scientific community in preparation for future missions of human exploration of the solar system. Only a common wealth of knowledge can make us move forward with success in space exploration."
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13 February 2017
China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft via a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket in April. Consisting of a cargo capsule and a propellant capsule, Tianzhou-1, the first cargo spacecraft independently developed by China, has a take-off weight of about 13 tonnes, up to six tonnes of which is payload. It can remain in space on its own for as long as three months.
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