08 January 2016
China signed 31 inter-government agreements to collaborate on space-related programmes during the country's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), and aims to continue that momentum over the next five-year period, it was announced on 7 January. In a statement China's State Administration for Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), which oversees the development of the country's aerospace and defence industry, said that during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), China will seek to continue to expand space co-operation with international partners.
The agency, which reports to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, indicated that future collaboration will seek to leverage China's development of its international military/commercial navigation satellite system, BeiDou, with an emphasis on promoting exports of satellites and the development of ground systems.
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08 January 2016
China will conduct more than 20 space missions this year, including a manned one and the maiden flights of two rockets, according to the nation's major space contractor, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. This news was published on the CAST website. It is planed to launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory and the Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft and to test-fly the Long March 5 and Long March 7 rockets. China will also launch two satellites for the domestically developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System and the Gaofen 3 for the Gaofen High-Resolution Earth Observation System.
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05 January 2016
The landing site of China's first moon lander Chang'e-3 has been named "Guang Han Gong" or "Moon Palace", more than two years after the spacecraft made a successful soft-landing on the Moon in December 2013. Together with three nearby impact craters, the name was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced on 05 January.
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27 December 2015
What is in the box for China in Space in 2016? What have been be great achievements of the last year? Where is the focus of China's ambitions in space? Three experts on these matters discuss the topic in great detail. The CCTV programme "Dialogue" featured next to Wu Ji, Head of the National Space Science Center and Yang Yugang, China Aerospace Science & Industry also Brian Harvey, independent author and space analyst from Ireland.
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04 January 2016
Five minor planets have been named after top Chinese scientists, including the country's first Nobel laureate scientist Tu Youyou, at a ceremony held 04 January 2016 in Beijing.
The naming was suggested by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center (MPC). Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong awarded scientists certificates at the ceremony.
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