26 December 2016
Two astronauts of the Shenzhou-11 spaceflight mission were awarded medals for their service to China's space endeavors. Jing Haipeng, 50, commander of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, was honored with a first-class aerospace achievement medal, and Chen Dong, 38, was conferred a third-class medal and the honorary title "heroic astronaut."
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22 December 2016
China launched a carbon dioxide monitoring satellite via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest Gobi Desert at 3:22 a.m. on 22 December. China is the third country after Japan and the United States to monitor greenhouse gases through its own satellite. The 620-kg satellite TanSat was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kilometers above the Earth and will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, said Yin Zengshan, Chief Designer of TanSat at the Chinese Academy of Sciences micro-satellite research institute.
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20 December 2016
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday hailed China's latest achievements made in space exploration and stressed the importance of scientific innovation in the field.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while meeting with astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong as well as representatives involved in research and testing for the country's Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 space mission.
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19 December 2016
During excavations along the Belt and Road, various cutting-edge technologies, including remote-sensing, three dimensional (3D) scanning, virtual reality (VR) and unmanned aerial vehicles are being widely used to help archaeologists get a better idea of the lives of people in ancient times. Since 2012, the RADI (Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) has used space technologies in archaeological research along the ancient Silk Road and discovered six sites of ancient cities at the same time. Before the application of space technologies, it took archaeologists almost 10 years to discover the ruins of the ancient city called Bazhou. At the same time, China's space archaeology is going global, from the ancient Silk Road to the new Belt and Road routes. After successfully contributing to the protection of the famed Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, the RADI team will go to Tunisia next year for more international archaeological cooperation.
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19 December 2016
"We have achieved a considerable progress in the field of cooperation… on the harmonization and synchronization of GLONASS and BeiDou systems. All contracts have been signed, and the work is proceeding. There are prospects, there is great interest on the part of the partners in different fields: the engines, the joint development of launch vehicles, manned space programs, conducting of experiments at the low-Earth orbit," Head of Russian Roscosmos organistation, Igor Komarov told Kommersant newspaper in an interview.
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17 December 2016
The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has helped 317 cities improve services in multiple industries, according to the GNSS and LBS Association of China (GLAC).
BDS, independently developed and operated by China, has been applied to improve basic public infrastructure and city management, including heat supply, electricity, water supply, pipeline drainage, transportation and elder care, said Wang Yanyan, a GLAC official.
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