04 April 2017
German Aerospace Center (DLR) Chairman Pascale Ehrenfreund calls for international cooperation, including China. On the sidelines of the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, U.S., she spoke to the news agency Sputnik International: "Internationally, we are trying to achieve a vision for international space exploration," Ehrenfreund stated. "The major space powers like Russia, Japan, the US, Europe, China, India, we all have to work together in order to find a way how we go forward in international space exploration, what happens after the space stations, do we continue human exploration, do we go to the Moon, to the Mars."
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04 April 2017
The Russian segment of the ISS may separate from the ISS after 2024. For that, Russia is discussing different options. Andrei Ionin, Chief Analyst of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics explained to journalists of the Russia news agency 'Pravda': "The key question is about international cooperation. We need to understand who our partners are. All other questions are secondary. ... I believe that Russia and China can be very good partners at this point."
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01 April 2017
China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will expand its cooperation to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and then to the entire Southeast Asia, in a bid to go global, the system's operator has said. Du Li, general manager of Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou Holding Group Co., told Xinhua recently that his company will continue to explore models for international scientific and technical cooperation on BDS, including the joint construction of base stations, joint technical development and research, personnel training and exchanges, and others.
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29 March 2017
Yuanwang space tracking ships, which follows the progress of satellites and other space-bound craft, will carry out 19 maritime space monitoring missions in 2017, according to the maritime satellite measurement and control authority on 29 March. Yuanwang-5 left port 29 March and Yuanwang-6 started its journey 27 March. Yuanwang-7 and the rocket transporting fleet will set sail in April.
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31 March 2017
State-owned China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (CASIC) announced plans for a network of 156 mini-satellites that would facilitate global broadband coverage.
This is the first low orbiting, networked satellite project, which will orbit 1,000 km above the ground, developed by China amid its wider push for commercial space development, said CASIC.
"The network is a general satellite platform," said Bei Chao, an engineer with the CASIC, who added that add-ons and upgrades would be explored next.
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23 March 2017
China will launch a new meteorological satellite in the second half of this year, which will be capable of detecting auroras, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced on 23 March. The satellite, the country's fourth Fengyun-III meteorological satellite, is expected to improve weather disaster forecasting ability as well as environmental monitoring.
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