18 January 2018
Financial Times reports that Great Wall Industry it talking with NPO Energomash about the procurement of RD-180 engines, preferably as a licence or the full technology. Financial Times reports: "Energomash’s engine, the RD-180, is so highly rated that it is used by the US for its own satellite launches - a curious exception to Washington’s sanctions on Russia implemented following the 2014 invasion of Crimea."
Despite Russia's scepticism on the request for the procurement of the engine production technology, the talks do confirm the deepening ties between Russia and China.
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17 January 2018
The Ministry of the Economy and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed on 16 January in Beijing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides a framework for the development and implementation of scientific, technical, economic and political cooperation between Luxembourg and China in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.The areas of potential cooperation include, but are not limited to economic, legal, regulatory and technological aspects of the utilization of space resources. Furthermore, a cooperation agreement was signed to establish a Research Laboratory of Deep Space Exploration in Luxembourg. The Research Laboratory of Deep Space Exploration carry out scientific research and technology development including the research of universal interplanetary communications network related technology or advanced deep space communications technology.
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17 January 2018
China's first nano-satellite with primary and middle school students involved in the development and building process will be launched into space on 19 January. The satellite, named after late Premier Zhou Enlai, was sent from its production base in Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in east China's Jiangsu Province to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Monday, where a CZ-11 solid fuel rocket is scheduled to put it into orbit. Twenty teenagers who participated in the development project accompanied the transport group to the launch center and will witness the lift-off.
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14 January 2018
On 11 January 2018, the Geostationary Millimeter-wave Atmospheric Sounder Demonstrator jointly developed by the National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSSC, CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) passed the Joint Acceptance Review, which is the first substantial achievement for CAS-ESA cooperation in the field of advanced payload technology of earth observation, paving the way for future Millimeter-wave exploration for the Chinese GEO meteorological satellites.
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14 January 2018
A People's Liberation Army's (PLA) newspaper on 14 January published an article by Liu Qianting, daughter of astronaut Liu Boming, on her father's flight on Shenzhou 7. Liu Boming, Zhai Zhigang and Jing Haipeng took part in the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, during which Zhai made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut. Liu Qianting said her father was selected for Shenzhou 7 in 2008 and started four months of intense training while she was preparing for her senior middle school entrance exam, but her father managed to make time to see her at school before the mission. "I will never forget the day of 25 September 2008, when the spacecraft blasted off, carrying my father, as well as my mother's heart and mine, into space," she said.
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13 January 2018
China launched a land resources exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert at 15:10 h local time (7:10 h UTC) on 13 January. A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space.
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