11 September 2017
Matthias Maurer talked with gbtimes about astronaut training, his Chinese colleagues, international cooperation, learning Chinese and the possibilities of flying to the future Chinese Space Station.
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14 September 2017
SpaceNews is reporting that Hong Kong-based fleet operator AsiaSat is interested in buying a high-throughput satellite for servicing the Chinese market.
AsiaSat wants to have this satellite - AsiaSat 10 - operational within 36 months, meaning to be placed into orbit by 2020.
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13 September 2017
China plans to launch its most powerful positioning and navigational satellites later this month, according to an aerospace website, with their makers claiming the technology is accurate to within millimetres. Two Beidou-3 satellites are expected to be launched on 29 September 29, the website 91fly.cn reported, with developers saying the system was 10 times more precise than GPS.
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13 September 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou 1, completed an automated fast-docking with Tiangong 2 space lab on 12 September at 23:58 h. Controlled from Earth, Tianzhou 1 began to approach Tiangong 2 at 15:24 h. It took six and a half hours to complete the fast-docking with the space lab. It was the third docking between the two spacecraft using fast-docking technology. Previously, it took about two days to dock. The experiment tested the cargo spacecraft's capability of fast-docking, laying a foundation for future space station building.
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13 September 2017
Experts at Russia’s “science town” (Akademgorodok) in Novosibirsk have submitted three applications to conduct experiments in the zero-gravity condition at China’s planned space station. The US and Russian scientists plan to start their minimum temperature creation experiments at the International Space Station, a joint US-Russian space project, at the end of this year, said the deputy director of the Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT) of Russian Academy of Sciences.
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12 September 2017
An international research team led by Chinese astronomers revealed an evidence of dynamical dark energy. The discovery, recently published on Nature Astronomy, with a News & Views article written by a world expert on cosmology, found that the nature of dark energy may not be the cosmological constant introduced by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, which is crucial for the study of dark energy. The new study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship.
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