28 February 2017
China is about to begin the development of the next generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by 2018, said Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology on 27 February. CZ-8 will greatly reduce the cost of launching low-orbit satellites, which can be well used in commercial satellite launching market.
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27 February 2017
Fengyun-4, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, has sent its first collection of images and data. The published images were obtained by the multi-channel scanning imagery radiometer and the atmospheric sounding interferometer, and information included data on the distribution and intensity of lightening, obtained by the lightening imaging sensor, according to Tian Yulong, Chief Engineer of the SASTIND - the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.
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27 February 2017
Models of Chinese rockets will debut at Australian International Airshow to be held in Avalon from 28 February to 4 March, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) reported. Long March carrier rockets are compatible with foreign satellites, said CASC, adding that the rockets had provided commercial launch services for several countries including Laos and Belarus.
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21 February 2017
China will build a comprehensive monitoring system by 2020 to implement its ecological "red line" strategy and supervise activities inside the nature reserves, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said. From this year, authorities will conduct remote sensing monitoring on all national-level nature reserves twice a year, the Ministry said, adding that it will build a space-ground observation system with satellite remote sensing technology to monitor ecological changes.
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28 February 2017
Auckland pupils have teamed up with students from China to solve the problem of how to feed astronauts in space. The pupils researched the topic of using hydroponic plants to feed astronauts during a long journey to Mars or the International Space Station.
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22 February 2017
Director of China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) Wang Zhaoyao and the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Roberto Battiston signed an frame-work agreement on cooperation in the area of human space flight activities. The signature ceremony in Beijing was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The agreement is asking for the set-up of a Joint Cooperation Committee which will meet at least once a year to establish the modalities of the partnership, aiming at access to scientific data, joint scientific publications, exchange of staff and joint participation in technical reviews on human flight. "Space is a new Silk Road without boundaries, and international cooperation is a key element, both from a scientific point of view and from that of technological development," said ASI President Roberto Battiston. "This agreement is important for the European and international scientific community in preparation for future missions of human exploration of the solar system. Only a common wealth of knowledge can make us move forward with success in space exploration."
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