01 June 2016
China will put into space five new satellites within about five years as part of the country's fast-expanding space science program, a national science chief said on 01 June. The five satellites, including a Sino-European joint mission known as SMILE, will focus on observation of solar activities and their impact on Earth's environment and space weather, analysis of water recycling and probing of black holes, according to Wu Ji, Director of the National Space Science Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences - CAS.
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30 May 2016
China launched a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite on 30 May from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province. The 2.7-tonne Ziyuan III 02 satellite took off on the back of a Long March 4B rocket at 11:17 a.m. Beijing time, according to the center. It was the 228th mission flight by a Long March carrier rocket. Also on board the rocket were two NewSat satellites from Uruguay. All three satellites have entered preset orbits, the Taiyuan center said in a statement.
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27 May 2017
The annual output value of the Chinese satellite industry has exceeded 200 billion yuan (30 billion U.S.dollars), according to China's top aerospace administration on 26 May. Satellite technology has been widely used in various domains in China, covering agriculture and forestry, water conservancy, housing construction, environmental protection and disaster relief, among others, said Tian Yulong, Chief Engineer of State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
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27 May 2016
China will send lunar probe Chang'e 5 to land on the Moon and return with lunar samples in the second half of 2017, according to State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) on 27 May. It will be the first time a Chinese probe to land on the Moon, collect samples and return to Earth, and the third stage of China's lunar exploration endeavor, said the SASTIND.
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25 May 2016
China is considering cooperating with other countries on Moon exploration, the Deputy Chief of China’s National Space Administration (CNSA), China's first taikonaut, Yang Liwei, said during a conference on 25 May in Korolev, a satellite town of Russia's capital Moscow. "A study is being conducted to justify the importance of lunar exploration. We are considering working together with other countries in this sphere," Yang Liwei said.
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26 May 2016
In a successful transfer of technology, Bolivian personnel have taken over the operations of the country's Chinese-built Tupac Katari satellite, an official said 25 May. "Starting in April of this year, our supplier left Bolivian personnel 100 percent in charge of the operations of the satellite and ...the operations are progressing smoothly," the Bolivian News Agency reported, citing the director of the Bolivian Space Agency, Ivan Zambrana.
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