21 April 2017
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and China have renewed their commitment to cooperation in bringing the benefits of space to all humankind. During an official visit to China by UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, UNOOSA and China are reiterating their shared commitment to the peaceful exploration and use of outer space, as well as underlining the significant contributions that space activities can make to sustainable development.
While in China, Ms. Di Pippo observed from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on 20 April the launch of "Tianzhou-1", China's first cargo spacecraft, to "Tiangong-2", China's space laboratory.
She will also visit other facilities and institutions in Beijing, including astronaut training facilities, the spacecraft and satellite AIT (Assembly, Integration and Test) facilities, the test and assessment system, the application facilities of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, and the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific, along with six Vienna-based Ambassadors. Ms. Di Pippo will also participate in activities to celebrate the Space Day of China, which takes place on April 24.
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28 April 2017
China plans to conduct several manned space flights from 2019 to 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, said Wang Zhaoyao, Director of China's Manned Space Programme Office, on 28 April. "The space station program has been progressing steadily with its key technologies and plans already completed and its relevant flight products being tested," he said. "Chinese astronauts are preparing for the space station era. They are expected to stay in space for three to six months or even longer during future missions."
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28 April 2017
A new multimedia platform with comprehensive information on Chinese space activities, presented in a highly attractive way was launched by China Global Television Network - CGTN.
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24 April 2017
Venture firm Matrix Partners China has joined a RMB100 million (US$14.5 million) series A-financing round in TianYi Research Institute, a Changsha, Hunan province-based commercial microsatellite start-up, according to Chinese media reports.
Existing investors Northern Light Venture Capital, and Cash Capital, a venture capital unit under state-owned Chinese Academy of Science Holdings, also participated in the round. Founded in 2016, TianYi Research Institute is one of the first microsatellite start-up established after the nation opened up the commercial aerospace market to private enterprises.
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25 April 2017
On 24 April 2017, construction began on China's first commercial space industry center in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province.
The Wuhan National Space Industry Base aims to attract at least 100 enterprises involved in the space industry before 2020 and generate 30 billion yuan ($4.36 billion) in annual gross product by then, according to China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, the main investor. The center will occupy 68.8 square kilometers in Xinzhou district.
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24 April 2017
The rise of China's technological prowess is reflected in the size of its tech companies. But a more tangible reflection of Chinese tech giant's growing status and ambition is can be seen in the building they are constructing to house their future. China's largest tech companies, Alibababa, Tencent, Baidu and Xiaomi, have recently or are currently building headquarters whose size and architectural bravado match their grand ambitions.
These new headquarters, as futuristic as Apple's spacecraft-shaped campus or Amazon's spherical glass buildings, incorporate the newest technologies and display the emerging prowess of their owners. They will transform the physical looks and feel of these companies as they rise on the global stage.
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