07 November 2016
China and Russia intend to develop cooperation in a range of spheres, including in various fields of technology and space exploration, a joint communique on the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said 08 November. The communique added, that the parties agreed to broaden long-term space cooperation through implementing the Russian-Chinese space cooperation program for 2013-2017.
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07 November 2016
The team had to go back to the drawing board 114 times before they succeeded. They managed to nearly double the reliability of the engine, making the launch possible. There are thousands of other members of the Long March-5 family like Wang Weibin. They consider the launch site as home.  A 30-hour work day is routine. "The feeling is like parents sending their kids to take the college entrance exam, and they wait outside. At the moment before launch, you try to relax, but you can't," said Li Dong, Long March-5 chief designer. The Long March-5's launch on Thursday also carried the space workers' hopes and dreams.  They may be able to relax for bit, but like proud parents, they'll miss their Chubby Five.
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06 November 2016
Space News reports on joint space plans by China and Poland. Both countries aim at the launch of a joint satellite in 2018. "Poland’s deputy prime minister and science minister Jarosław Gowin recently paid an official visit to China during which he discussed joint space plans by Warsaw and Beijing. Gowin said the two countries will jointly build a satellite, equipped with Polish instruments, that is to be launched in 2018."
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06 November 2016
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled the first satellite smartphone designed for use with the country’s a first mobile communications satellite, Tiantong-1 (TT-1), at the six-day Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong, which wraps up on 06 November. CASC launched TT-1 into an equator-hugging, geostationary orbit about 35,000km above the Earth on 6 August. Satellite experts said the new satellite smartphone was a product of the “space-based Silk Road”, a long-term strategy proposed by Chinese aerospace companies, institutions and scholars to support the country’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative. “The TT-1 smartphone is so far capable of covering the territory of China and the whole South China Sea,” an engineer from CASC’s Fifth Academy, based in Xian, Shaanxi province, said. “We are going to expand our coverage to the whole world by launching a network TT satellites in the next five years, because our ultimate goal is to replace Inmarsat, or even surpass it.”
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07 November 2016
While stargazers are focused on the two Chinese astronauts aboard the space lab Tiangong II, scientist Liu Liang is watching the time. More specifically, he is watching the time on a "cold-atom" clock that he and his team have spent 10 years perfecting. The cylindrical black object bears no resemblance to an ordinary clock, but it's one of the most advanced timepieces ever made. It will remain in standby mode for the duration of the astronauts' visit.
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05 November 2016
Hello everyone. Today is Nov. 4, my 17th day onboard Tiangong-2. Since many people are curious about what we eat in space, today I would like to tell you about this. Speaking of space food, many think that it lacks variety and tastes bad. However, this is not true. Let me tell you what we had today. In the morning, we ate seven types of food, including porridge, coconut bread, quail eggs and pickles. We had eight choices at lunch, including mixed fried rice, fried noodles with meat, stewed beef with potato and nori and egg soup. There were eight dishes at dinner, including fried noodles with beans, rice noodles with beef, fried shrimp with egg as well as canned fruits. Besides, there were five kinds of snacks, such as spicy pork, fried beans and dried bean curd. That's quite a lot choice, isn't it?
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