19 December 2016
During excavations along the Belt and Road, various cutting-edge technologies, including remote-sensing, three dimensional (3D) scanning, virtual reality (VR) and unmanned aerial vehicles are being widely used to help archaeologists get a better idea of the lives of people in ancient times. Since 2012, the RADI (Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) has used space technologies in archaeological research along the ancient Silk Road and discovered six sites of ancient cities at the same time. Before the application of space technologies, it took archaeologists almost 10 years to discover the ruins of the ancient city called Bazhou. At the same time, China's space archaeology is going global, from the ancient Silk Road to the new Belt and Road routes. After successfully contributing to the protection of the famed Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, the RADI team will go to Tunisia next year for more international archaeological cooperation.
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17 December 2016
The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has helped 317 cities improve services in multiple industries, according to the GNSS and LBS Association of China (GLAC).
BDS, independently developed and operated by China, has been applied to improve basic public infrastructure and city management, including heat supply, electricity, water supply, pipeline drainage, transportation and elder care, said Wang Yanyan, a GLAC official.
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16 December 2016
China launched its first fully owned overseas satellite ground station near the North Pole on 15 December. The facility, located in Sweden about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, would allow China to collect satellite data anywhere on Earth at speeds that were more than twice as fast as before, said the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the academic governing body that built and runs the station.
Construction of the China Remote Sensing Satellite North Pole Ground Station, as it is formally known, started two years ago at at Kiruna’s Esrange Space Centre, the world’s largest civil ground station for satellites.
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13 December 2016
During a press conference in Beijing on 10 December, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and the Dong Fang Hong satellites manufacturer, explained the importance of the EmDrive research and were giving an overview on China's progress in this area.
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16 December 2016
The China Institute of High-Energy Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the official launch of Project Ngari on Dec. 13. The project team plans to build the Ngari 1 telescope and begin scientific observation within five years. Once constructed, it will be the first observatory for primordial gravitational wave detection in the northern hemisphere.
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13 December 2016
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp plans to build a global real-time communications satellite network by 2020, a senior company executive said. Sun Weigang, Chief Engineer at the State-owned space giant, said the Hongyan satellite system will be composed of 60 small satellites operating in low orbits and 20 ground stations around the world. The system will provide a wide range of civilian services such as ground data collection and exchange, ship identification and tracking, mobile broadcasting as well as navigation signal enhancement, he said.
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