06 November 2016
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled the first satellite smartphone designed for use with the country’s a first mobile communications satellite, Tiantong-1 (TT-1), at the six-day Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong, which wraps up on 06 November. CASC launched TT-1 into an equator-hugging, geostationary orbit about 35,000km above the Earth on 6 August. Satellite experts said the new satellite smartphone was a product of the “space-based Silk Road”, a long-term strategy proposed by Chinese aerospace companies, institutions and scholars to support the country’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative. “The TT-1 smartphone is so far capable of covering the territory of China and the whole South China Sea,” an engineer from CASC’s Fifth Academy, based in Xian, Shaanxi province, said. “We are going to expand our coverage to the whole world by launching a network TT satellites in the next five years, because our ultimate goal is to replace Inmarsat, or even surpass it.”
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05 November 2016
Hello everyone. Today is Nov. 4, my 17th day onboard Tiangong-2. Since many people are curious about what we eat in space, today I would like to tell you about this. Speaking of space food, many think that it lacks variety and tastes bad. However, this is not true. Let me tell you what we had today. In the morning, we ate seven types of food, including porridge, coconut bread, quail eggs and pickles. We had eight choices at lunch, including mixed fried rice, fried noodles with meat, stewed beef with potato and nori and egg soup. There were eight dishes at dinner, including fried noodles with beans, rice noodles with beef, fried shrimp with egg as well as canned fruits. Besides, there were five kinds of snacks, such as spicy pork, fried beans and dried bean curd. That's quite a lot choice, isn't it?
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03 November 2016
China on 03 November launched its brand-new heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5 from Wenchang Space Launch center in south China's Hainan province. The rocket blasted off at 8:43 p.m. Beijing time, trailing a vast column of flame.
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03 November 2016
The CZ-5 project has suffered years of delays, with its entire research and development process plagued by accidents and failures, with many technological and engineering problems being bigger than mainland rocket scientists and technicians expected. But it “must be built, must be launched, must be a success”, said a scientist involved in the project who requested anonymity, “otherwise the Chinese space programme will always live as a dwarf in the shadow of giants”.
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03 November 2016
China is rapidly advancing its space program, and the country's latest heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5, is a crucial part of its strategy. CCTV reporter Ge Yunfei talked to some insiders at the launch center to find out more about this piece of hardware. CCTV shows interesting footage from the assembly and launch site.
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01 November 2016
The next meeting of the BRICS states’ space agencies will be held in Moscow in May-June 2017, Director General of the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos Igor Komarov said on 01 November at Airshow China 2016 in Zhuhai, China.
“Yesterday we had a first session of the head of space agencies of BRICS member states,” Komarov said. “This is a new initiative and a new format. ... We agreed to make these meetings regular and the next one will take place in Moscow in May-June 2017."
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01 November 2016
“We have agreed that in this perspective we will set up a joint grouping of satellites for the Earth remote sensing and are currently finalizing legal aspects of an agreement on the exchange of data gathered from the Earth remote sensing,” Komarov added.
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