04 July 2016
SpaceNews is reporting about an agreement signed by China and Poland concerning "space research, exchange and use of satellite data to develop our scientific knowledge on Earth, including observation and monitoring of climate change and the environment, and the development of space technology, including in the field of telecommunication."
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28 June 2016
Researchers at Radboud University, ASTRON and the Delft company Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS) are to develop a new instrument that will be onboard the Chinese Chang’e4 satellite that will be placed in an orbit behind the moon in 2018. With the instrument, astronomers want to measure radio waves from the stars and galaxies that were formed directly after the Big Bang.
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04 July 2016
The dynamic partnership of China and France in the field of aerospace is an icon of the scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries, president of the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall said. According to Le Gall, cooperation between the CNES and the CNSA concentrates on two great missions, the China France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) which is to be launched in 2018, and the Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) which is to be launched in 2021.
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03 July 2016
The last triangular panel to the reflector of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) was installed in Pingtang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, on 3 July 2016. The installation was completed as the last of the 4,450 panels was fitted into the center of the big dish. Scientists will then begin debugging and trial observation of the FAST.
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04 July 2016
By 2025, China plans to launch one Fengyun-II satellite, four Fengyun-IIIs, three Fengyun-IVs and another 6 for multiple meteorological purposes, Wu Yanhua, Deputy Head of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, said at a seminar on Fengyun satellite development on 4 July.
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30 June 2016
China has successfully completed the in-space refuel of orbital satellites following last week's launch of a new generation carrier rocket, the National University of Defense Technology announced on 30 June. Similar to air refueling for planes, the process refuels a satellite in orbit in a microgravity environment and will extend a satellite's functional life and boost its maneuver capabilities considerably.
Developed by the university, Tianyuan-1 is the country's first in-space refueling system for orbital satellites. It was launched into orbit aboard the Long March-7 carrier rocket on 25 June. A series of core independent processes were tested and verified after the launch, with data and videos recording the full process sent back to Earth, the university said in a statement. "The injection process was stable, and measurement and control were precise," it said, adding that the test proved that Tianyuan-1 met design requirements. Though an area of great interest, the process is complicated and only a few countries have began experiments.
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