13 October 2015
The Chinese investment fund, Cybernaut, signed yesterday at the second Chinese-Russian Expo in Harbin (China) an agreement with the Russian space technology company, Dauria Aerospace, to invest $70 million to develop 10 satellites as part of the Urban Observer project to conduct daily imaging of the world's 100 largest cities with an accuracy of 0.7 meters per pixel. A joint venture will be created in Hong Kong.
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12 October 2015
Today, at the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, Israel, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressed his believe that the current exclusion of China from the ISS will not last for ever. During the traditional "Heads of Space Agencies Panel" he said that the U.S. might find itself in an uncomfortable situation if it would continue without closer cooperation with China: "The reason I think that where we are today is temporary is because of a practical statement that we will find ourselves on the outside looking in, because everybody ... who has any hope of a human spaceflight program ... will go to whoever will fly their people."
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12 October 2015
Russia is preparing a deal to sell its highly capable rocket engines to Beijing in return for access to Chinese electronic components used in spacecraft construction, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on 12 October at the China-Russia Expo in Harbin, North-East China. “We are talking about an agreement to supply Russian rocket engines [to China], and the reciprocal delivery of Chinese micro-electronics that we need for things like the construction of spacecraft,” Rogozin was quoted as saying. Such an agreement could be signed in mid-December, during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Beijing.
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07 October 2015
China launched a group of four satellites on 7 October 2015 at noon for commercial remote-sensing services, an important step in the development of remote-sensing space technology. The "Jilin-1" satellites, launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, include one optical remote-sensing satellite, two satellites for video imaging and another for imaging technique testing, according to an announcement from the launch center.
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07 October 2015
Three CubeSats in a mission coded STU-2 were launched on 25 September 2015 and have entered their designed orbit, according to the mission's Chief Designer, Dr. Wu Shufan. They are expected to help track civil aircraft and ships and avoid tragedies like missing flight MH370. The three mini spacecraft are equipped with polar region observation cameras as well as automatic identification system (AIS) receivers for information from ships and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receivers for messages sent from civil flights.
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6 October 2015
A new drone video has been released by China Central Television Station showing the latest progress of one of the country's most ambitious scientific projects - a radio telescope the size of 30 football pitches. The Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, shortened to FAST, has been billed as the world's largest radio telescope and is located in the deepest mountains of rural southwest China.
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