17 January 2018
China's first nano-satellite with primary and middle school students involved in the development and building process will be launched into space on 19 January. The satellite, named after late Premier Zhou Enlai, was sent from its production base in Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in east China's Jiangsu Province to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Monday, where a CZ-11 solid fuel rocket is scheduled to put it into orbit. Twenty teenagers who participated in the development project accompanied the transport group to the launch center and will witness the lift-off.
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14 January 2018
A People's Liberation Army's (PLA) newspaper on 14 January published an article by Liu Qianting, daughter of astronaut Liu Boming, on her father's flight on Shenzhou 7. Liu Boming, Zhai Zhigang and Jing Haipeng took part in the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, during which Zhai made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut. Liu Qianting said her father was selected for Shenzhou 7 in 2008 and started four months of intense training while she was preparing for her senior middle school entrance exam, but her father managed to make time to see her at school before the mission. "I will never forget the day of 25 September 2008, when the spacecraft blasted off, carrying my father, as well as my mother's heart and mine, into space," she said.
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14 January 2018
On 11 January 2018, the Geostationary Millimeter-wave Atmospheric Sounder Demonstrator jointly developed by the National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSSC, CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) passed the Joint Acceptance Review, which is the first substantial achievement for CAS-ESA cooperation in the field of advanced payload technology of earth observation, paving the way for future Millimeter-wave exploration for the Chinese GEO meteorological satellites.
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12 January 2018
Proposed by the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory, the world's largest fully steerable single-dish radio telescope will be built in Qitai County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The telescope will be 110 meters in diameter, over 100 meters tall and weigh around 6,000 tonnes. Scheduled to go into service in 2023, it will cover three-fourths of the sky.
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13 January 2018
China launched a land resources exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert at 15:10 h local time (7:10 h UTC) on 13 January. A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space.
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11 January 2018
CGWIC and Royal Group of Cambodia signed a Framwork Agreement of TECHO 1 Communications Satellite Project in Peach Palace, Phnom Phen, with witness of visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. As a prime contractor of the project, CGWIC will deliver a communications satellite to Cambodian user in the form of satellite In-Orbit-Delivery.
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SpaceNews has more information on the communication satellite contract