18 September 2017
Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the design and some basic technical parameters at a recent presentation. The released images show that the first stage of the newly developed launcher could feature a landing system similar to SpaceX's flagship reusable Falcon 9 booster.
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18 September 2017
Experience in China over almost a century has shown that it is necessary to mobilize efforts and resources to concentrate on major tasks. Now the experience is being applied to scientific and technological innovation. "Exploring the red planet and deep space will mean that China can establish itself as a scientific and technological leader. The knock-on effect is that inventions and independent intellectual property rights will surge, and, as a result, China's core competence will increase, pushing development in other industries," said Jia Yang, deputy chief designer of China's Mars rover.
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18 September 2017
Iran is set to expand collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization and join two of its existing projects.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said, "Iran is ready to join two major APSCO projects namely, APOSOS and DSSP," the official website of the ministry reported.
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16 September 2017
 A new chip developed by Shenzhen-based Allystar Technology for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was unveiled on 16 September by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service (GNSS & LBS) Association of China (GLAC). The chip supports the new generation of BeiDou-3 satellites for high-precision navigation and positioning. The positioning accuracy of the chip reaches the sub-meter level without ground-based augmentation.
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17 September 2017
Lieutenant General Li Shangfu, 59, a senior military official on China’s space project, had taken over the post to head China’s military equipment development programme. He follows General Zhang Youxia who had been in charge of China’s lunar exploration and manned space project.
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17 September 2017
Nan Rendong, Chief Scientist with the world's largest radio telescope project, died at the night of 15 September at the age of 72, according to the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As the founding father of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), Nan had been in charge of the project since 1994, and most of the project's core members were Nan's students.
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