06 March 2017
China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou-3 satellites in 2017, according to Yang Yuanxi, Deputy Chief Designer of the BeiDou satellite navigation system. It is part of a plan to put 35 BeiDou satellites into space to form an orbiting satellite network and offer worldwide navigation services by 2020. Yang was speaking on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, of which he is a member.
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04 March 2017
China has officially started early explorations in the research and development of a heavy-lift launch vehicle‍. Wu Yanhua, the Deputy Director of China National Space Administration, said China's heavy-lift launch vehicle will be named Long March 9, and its first flight is planned for around 2030. Qin Xudong, Director of the overall design department, No.1 Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said the main research project is known as "One Overall Three Big." "One Overall" relates to the optimisation of the overall system, "Three Big" refers to the design, manufacturing and testing of big-caliber rockets.
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04 March 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 is expected to dock with the orbiting Tiangong 2 space lab three times after its planned launch in April, sources said 04 March.
Tianzhou 1 is scheduled to refuel Tiangong 2 three times and carry out experiments and tests. During the journey, Tianzhou 1 will orbit on its own for about three months and together with Tiangong 2 for about two months after their rendezvous.
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China to send first cargo ship Tianzhou 1 to space
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03 March 2017
On 3 March, China launched an experiment satellite, "TK-1", from northwestern Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite, carried by the rocket "KT-2", blasted off from the launch center at 7:53 a.m. Friday, and it later entered its intended orbit.
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05 March 2017
Baidu Chief Executive Officer Robin Li, the billionaire co-founder of China’s largest search engine Baidu, wants Beijing to take the lead in getting Chinese enterprises to collaborate on research and craft a regulatory framework. His proposal was included among a raft of others he will put forth at an annual meeting of regulators this week, in a wish-list that includes a dream of seeing a Chinese private space-exploration leader - á la Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
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02 March 2017
China will launch a space station core module in 2018 as the first step in completing the country's first space outpost, according to a senior engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The core module of the space station, named "Tianhe-1" according to previous reports, will be launched on board a new-generation Long March-5 heavyweight carrier rocket, said Bao Weimin, director with CASC and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
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