27 October 2014
China successfully launched an experimental satellite into preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in its northwestern Gobi desert on Monday. The Shijian-11-08 was boosted by a Long March-2C carrier rocket at 2:59 p.m. Beijing Time.
More on this launch by Rui C. Barbosa on NASA Spaceflight.com
23 October 2014
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed two contracts with EarthSTAR, a subsidiary of EarthView Image, totaling approximately CA$10 million. The first contract is a multi-year extension of Radarsat-2 distribution rights. In addition, the contract includes exclusive distribution rights for China, effective November 11, 2014. The Radarsat-2 information will be used to support government and commercial users in China in areas such as land use management, environmental monitoring, subsidence monitoring, and disaster response.
23/24 October 2014
China launched today its Chang'e 4 (Chang'e 5-T1) lunar mission. It marks the start of the 3rd Phase of China's Lunar Exploration Programme.
Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society has some details on her blog:
On board is the 4M amateur radio payload - the first private lunar space mission project. 4M - Manfred Memorial Moon Mission - is dedicated to the late founder and CEO of OHB Systems AG Bremen. The mission is a lunar flyby of a spacecraft that is attached to the last stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. SpaceFlightNow is reporting on this 4M project. Congratulation to China! Congratulation to OHB/LuxSpace!
22 October 2014
China will launch a new lunar mission this week to test technology likely to be used in Chang'e-5, a future lunar probe with the ability to return to Earth. The experimental spacecraft launched this week is expected to reach a location near the moon and return to Earth, according to a source with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Wednesday.
More also on SpaceDaily...
China to send orbiter to Moon and back