21 December 2013
China successfully sent a Bolivian communications satellite into orbit with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 0:42 a.m (Beijing Time) Saturday. Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma was present, the first time a foreign head of state has witnessed a satellite launch in China.The satellite was produced by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) with a designed longevity of 15 years. It is Bolivia's first communications satellite. The satellite is named Tupac Katari in homage to an 18th century indigenous hero who fought Bolivia's Spanish colonizers.
19 December 2013
"China now is landing on the Moon and has a great space program, while Scotland has got a nano-satellite, a very small and cost-effective satellite, so we could have the beginning of a beautiful space friendship between Scotland and China." Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said during a space lecture in a high-school in Edingburg, UK. China has such efficient delivery vehicles, and in the future Scotland could use Chinese delivery vehicles to get the satellite into space, but a lot of experiments are still needed for the small satellite, which is interesting, according to the Scottish First Minister.
18 December 2013
The International Astronautical Federation - IAF dedicated its last newsletter of the year to reports, stories and photos from the IAC 2013 in September in Beijing. The newsletter gives a comprehensive overview on the events during the conference week in China's capital. Most interesting are the embedded links to videos from the conference.
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