16 August 2016
China plans to send more quantum communication satellites into orbit after the successful launch of the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite, according to Pan Jianwei, the Chief Scientist of the project. "If the new satellite operates well, China will follow up with projects Micius-2 and Micius-3," said Pan. He confirmed that China is striving to set up the first-ever global quantum communication network by around 2030, through linking a satellite constellation consisting of dozens of quantum satellites and ground-based quantum communication networks.
MORE...

16 August 2016
Two rocket-carrying ships, the Yuanwang-21 and Yuanwang-22, departed on 16 August to pick up and transport the Long March-5 rocket, China's largest carrier rocket scheduled to be launched later this year. The ships set out for north China's Tianjin port to pick up containers holding the Long March-5 and will arrive at Qinglan port in Wenchang in South China's Hainan Province after a seven-day journey.
MORE...

15 August 2016
Chinese engineers say the preparation for the launch of the country's first quantum satellite later this month is almost finished. Dr. Zhu Zhencai, the Chief Designer of the satellite, says the satellite has been loaded onto the carrier rocket. "We have completed a set of tests and inspections the satellite was put onto the launch tower. Just a few days ago, we finished the fourth inspection of the launch site, as well as the launch system and measurement and control system."
MORE...
"Micius" was launched 16 August 2016
MORE...
and here...


12 August 2016
China has developed a cutting-edge ultralight material for thermal insulation on its rockets and spacecraft, according to engineers. Zou Junfeng, a senior engineer at the Aerospace Institute of Advanced Materials and Processing Technology in Beijing, said the material, called aerogel, has been widely used in space missions by the United States, Russia and Europe.
"We have also developed our own aerogel products and some of them are at the highest technological level in the world," he said. "A lot of our spacecraft, satellites and rockets are now using our products to resist heat or maintain internal temperatures."
MORE...

12 August 2016
China's Shenzhou-11 spaceship, set to take two astronauts into space, was delivered to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on 13 August. General assembly and testing will begin at the centre ahead of its launch scheduled for mid-October, said a statement by China's manned space engineering office. The spaceship will transport personnel and supply to China's second orbiting space lab Tiangong 2, which is to be launched in mid-September.
MORE...

10 August 2016
China launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province on 10 August 2016. The Gaofen-3 satellite was launched off on the back of a Long March 4C rocket at 6:55 a.m. Beijing time, according to the center. It was the 233rd flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. As China's first SAR imaging satellite that is accurate to one meter in distance, it covers the globe with an all-weather, 24-hour observation service and will be used for disaster warning, weather forecasting, water resource assessments, and the protection of maritime rights.
MORE...