02 November 2014
China will build a global quantum communication network by 2030, said a leading Chinese quantum physicist on Sunday. [...] In 2011, China initiated a program to launch a satellite for quantum information and technology experiments in 2016, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The program is going smoothly and major technological breakthroughs have been achieved, according to Pan Jianwei, a Chinese quantum scientist and professor at the University of Science and Technology of China.
31 October 2014
According to Chinese mythology, the giant Kua Fu chased the sun in order to stop it from scorching Earth, but died of thirst before he could capture the fiery star. A Chinese space mission named after the legendary figure has met a similar demise: Starved of international support and funding, the KuaFu solar observatory has been suspended indefinitely, and project backers acknowledge that it is unlikely to be resurrected. First proposed in 2003 by scientists at Peking University, KuaFu was intended as a solar wind observatory placed at Lagrangian point L1.
30 October 2014
Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon) set off on Thursday from Shanghai on the country's 31st Antarctic expedition, scheduled to return in April next year. An important task for the mission is the building of a base station for the BeiDou navigation satellite system. The base will provide data and technical support for the navigation system and for Antarctic surveys and mapping, according to Liu Cigui, director of the State Oceanic Administration.
01 November 2014
Xiǎo Fēi - as the return capsule of China's test lunar orbiter was called by Chinese netizens, landed successfully today, early morning in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. After eight days of space flight, the orbiter made a skip re-entry at an altitude of around 120 kilometers. The process helped the spacecraft slow down and avoid being burnt up by intense heat generated by air resistance.