20 March 2017
China's new Wenchang Space Launch centre has opened a space exhibition for students as part of a drive to popularise the country's space exploration exploits and inspire younger generations.
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17 March 2017
China is developing a system to recover parts of rockets used in space launches to bring down costs and make its space programme more commercially competitive, according to researchers involved in the project. The system would bring the rocket engine and booster safely back to the ground so they can be reused in future launches. Besides saving operational costs, the recovery would also reduce the threat of debris falling to the ground, the researchers said. The recovery system is under development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing.
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17 March 2017
China's National Space Science Centre (NSSC) has selected 80 proposals for future innovative space science missions after assessing a broad array of submissions from across the country. The proposals cover a range of areas, including space-based astronomy, astrophysics, solar physics, planetary science, microgravity science, life sciences and others. The selected mission proposals come from 39 organisations, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and its various institutes and research centres, universities and a handful from industry.  
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11 March 2017
A Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket arrived at a launch center in south China on 11 March in preparation for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft in April. After about a week of ocean and rail transport, the carrier rocke arrived at Wenchang, Hainan, where it will undergo assembly and testing prior to the April launch of China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1, said China's Manned Space Engineering Office - CMSA.
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13 March 2017
China's BeiDou, the GPS-like navigation system, a product of the Chinese National Space Administration, and managed by the China Satellite Navigation Office, is to accelerate its expansion into economies along the Belt and Road Initiative as China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou satellites this year. BeiDou has made significant progress in terms of accuracy of location detection. The go-global strategy is part of China's broad plan to build a BeiDou navigation system with a constellation of 35 satellites by 2020. In comparison, GPS consists of 24 satellites.
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09 March 2017
Final preparation for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 has begun as the team responsible for the power system arrived at the launch center in Wenchang, south China's Hainan province on 09 March. The team will prepare the Long March-7 carrier rocket that will carry Tianzhou 1 into space.
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