26 December 2017
China will make more efforts in space remote sensing development in 2018 and prepare for the launch of the Gaofen 7 high-resolution remote sensing satellite, said the Director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG), Kuresh Mahsut.  The goal of the Gaofen series is to provide all-weather, 24-hour services covering the entire globe. China will also promote the research and development of Ziyuan III 03 and 04 satellites in the new year.
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26 December 2017
China launched remote sensing satellites at 3:44 a.m. (Beijing Time) on 26 December on a Long March-2C carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellites have entered its preset orbit and the launch was proclaimed a success. As the third batch of the Yaogan-30 project, the satellites will conduct electromagnetic environmental probes and other experiments.
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26 December 2017
Egyptian lawmakers on 25 December approved a long-awaited law formally establishing the nation’s space agency, while announcing a planned research satellite launch with partners Japan and China. In September, China and Egypt – meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Xiamen – signed a memorandum of understanding covering China’s USD$45 million commitment to building the satellite with a timeline for launch in 2019. China previously committed $23 million toward Egypt’s space programme.
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23 December 2017
The Chinese start-up One Space successfully tested an engine for its light rocket, which is set to be launched by June 2018. The test was conducted at a test range in East China's Jiangxi Province on 22 December, said Shu Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Beijing-based One Space. The engine uses solid propellants and will power the company's X-series light rockets, Shu said, adding that engineers have finished designing the rocket's main body and electrical system.
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25 December 2017
China will begin testing the world's largest solid-propellant rocket engine in February, according to a senior space scientist interviewed on 24 December by CCTV. Liang Jiqiu, Chief Designer of Kuaizhou rockets at China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation CASIC, the nation's largest missile-maker, described the engine as having a diameter of over 4 meters and a liftoff thrust of more than 1,000 metric tons.
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23 December 2017
China launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert at 12:14 p.m. Saturday Beijing Time. The satellite is mainly used for remote sensing exploration of land resources. A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space.
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