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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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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23 May 2016
China is in discussions with several Arab nations in an effort to promote the country's highly-advanced Beidou satellite system. Ran Chengqi, Director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, revealed that China is currently in talks with Saudi Arabia and Egypt who are keen in utilising the satellite-based positioning and navigational system, reported China Daily.
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23 May 2016
The launch of the world's first quantum space satellite developed by China is scheduled for July, according to the project's Chief Scientist Pan Jianwei. According to the physicist, cited by the People's Daily Online, the quantum network will connect Beijing, Jinan, Hefei and Shanghai among other cities spanning a 2,000-kilometer (1,243 miles) area.
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23 May 2016
SpaceNews reports that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden intends to visit China in late summer this year. He is not sure whether he will met with Chinese officials from the human space flight programme because his priority is to sign an agreement regarding aeronautics and air traffic management cooperation. During a breakfast meeting on 23 May held by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Bolden expressed optimism that, eventually, the U.S. and China will cooperate more closely in space. “It’s not going to happen during my tenure as NASA administrator,” he said, “but I think we will evolve to something reasonable.”
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19 May 2016
China plans to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites during the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020), capping its three-step strategy to build a global navigation system by 2020. The first batch of 18 satellites will be launched before 2018 to cover countries along the routes in "the Belt and Road" initiative, said Ran Chengqi, Director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, during the China Satellite Navigation Conference, which opened on 18 May 2016.
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