16 December 2015
A photo taken on 16 December 2015 shows the assembly site of the single-aperture spherical telescope "FAST" in Pingtang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. A total of 2,059 reflector panels have been installed. Each panel is an equilateral triangle with a side length of 11 meters, and has cables fixed to the back of it so that it could adjust angles and positions in synchronization with the source cabin, which is driven by cables, servomechanisms in additional to a parallel robot as a secondary adjustable system.
U.S. Planetary Science Institute and Qian Xuesen Laboratory of Space Technology Sign Cooperation Agreement
15 December 2015
The Planetary Science Institute signed a cooperation agreement with Qian Xuesen Laboratory of Space Technology (Qian Xuesen Lab) today to advance their mutual interests in facilitating the open-ended expansion of the exploration of the solar system and to use the knowledge thus gained in supporting the expansion of human activity beyond the Earth. Both institutions also wish to advance their common interest in communicating to the public the knowledge and benefits gained through robotic and human exploration of the solar system.
16 December 2015
Chinese space industry is now working on the concept of a next-generation multipurpose crewed spacecraft vehicle. As layed out in a research paper titled “Concept Definition of New-Generation Multi-Purpose Manned Spacecraft”, the future Chinese multi-purpose crew vehicle will be a capsule-type spacecraft, capable of carrying 2 to 6 crew members to Earth orbit and beyond.
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10 December 2015
The Long March-3B carrier rocket carries communication satellite "China 1C" into the sky at Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on 10 December 2015. The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and is owned by China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd. It will provide high-quality voice, data and radio and TV transmission services.