10 December 2016
China launched a weather satellite at 11 minutes after midnight in the morning of 11 December, marking an upgrade of China's meteorological satellites in geostationary orbit. The Fengyun-4 satellite, the first of China's second-generation weather satellites in geostationary orbit to have been launched, is also the country's first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in high orbit. The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. The launch marked the 242nd mission of China's Long March series of rockets.
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08 December 2016
China’s CAMSAT is reported to be working closely with a Beijing government aerospace contractor to build two microsatellites with Amateur Radio linear transponders - CAS-4A and CAS-4B. Each spacecraft will carry a 70-centimeter/2-meter (U/V) 100 mW SSB/CW linear transponder, a 2-meter CW 50 mW telemetry beacon, and an AX.25 4.8 kbps GMSK 100 mW telemetry downlink. Launch from Taiyuan, China, is set for 31 March into a 524-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit with a 42° inclination.
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07 December 2016
As seen before, China sticks to its tradition of ending a year with a busy launch schedule for its space programme. According to reports by gbtimes another lauch of new generaton weather satellite is expected for 11 November (local time). For 19 December a environmental satellite might be on the launch pad with two more remote sensind satellites towards the end of December. Moreover, December will see the release of a first national space law draft and of the long-awaited new White Paper on Space Policy, covering the period of 2011-2016 and giving an outlook of the next five years.
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06 December 2016
A whitepaper on BDS released in June 2016 interprets its development concepts and propositions, and is available on the official BDS website. The major content includes: to provide open services for global users free of charge; to continuously improve service performance and enhance the service quality; to promote compatible applications with other navigation satellite systems and to improve users’ benefits; to disseminate BDS information in a timely manner; to protect the radio-navigation satellite frequency spectrum according to law and to firmly reject harmful interference; to enhance BDS applications, industrial development and international application; to actively carry out international cooperation and exchanges, to participate in multilateral activities in the field of international satellite navigation and to promote the ratification of the BDS by international standards.
The “BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Signal In Space Interface Control Document” (Version 2.1) was published in November.
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07 December 2016
The two astronauts who manned China's Shenzhou 11 mission met the press on 7 December following almost three weeks in quarantine. Jing Haipeng, 55, commander of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, and Chen Dong, 38, appeared in good spirits and shared their experiences with the press.
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06 December 2016
A non-toxic propulsion system developed by Chinese scientists will enable satellites to carry more payload and save on satellite launching costs, the system's developer the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said in a statement. The ammonium dinitramide (ADN) technology used in the system proved successful when it was tested in the Shijian-17 satellite sent into space last month. Shijian-17 is tasked with verifying technology for observation of space debris, new electric sources and electric propulsion. According to scientists, the propulsion system is meant to help an orbiting satellite sustain its altitude as atmospheric drag and gravity can lead to gradual descent in orbit.
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