13 March 2017
China's BeiDou, the GPS-like navigation system, a product of the Chinese National Space Administration, and managed by the China Satellite Navigation Office, is to accelerate its expansion into economies along the Belt and Road Initiative as China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou satellites this year. BeiDou has made significant progress in terms of accuracy of location detection. The go-global strategy is part of China's broad plan to build a BeiDou navigation system with a constellation of 35 satellites by 2020. In comparison, GPS consists of 24 satellites.
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11 March 2017
A Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket arrived at a launch center in south China on 11 March in preparation for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft in April. After about a week of ocean and rail transport, the carrier rocke arrived at Wenchang, Hainan, where it will undergo assembly and testing prior to the April launch of China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1, said China's Manned Space Engineering Office - CMSA.
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09 March 2017
Final preparation for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 has begun as the team responsible for the power system arrived at the launch center in Wenchang, south China's Hainan province on 09 March. The team will prepare the Long March-7 carrier rocket that will carry Tianzhou 1 into space.
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08 March 2017
gbtimes published an interview with China's first female taikonaut, Liu Yang, in which she is talking about the current training for space mission, the objectives of the future Chinese Space Station and the challenges for female taikonauts.
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08 March 2017
China will send a spacecraft to orbit and land on Mars, and deploy a rover in July or August 2020, Wan Weixing, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences told Chinese media on 06 March. The lander will touch down on the northern hemisphere of Mars, while the rover will explore the surface after a 7-month journey, and send data back in 2021, said Wan, also the Chief Scientist of China's Mars exploration programme. The probe’s designed life expectancy is one Martian year, or about two years on Earth, he said, when reviewing the government work report at the ongoing “two sessions,” namely the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
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08 March 2017
China is working on a new manned spaceship that can fly both in low Earth orbit, as well as a Moon landing mission, Zhang Bainan, a spaceship engineer with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said. He added that the spacecraft is recoverable and has a larger capacity than the new-generation manned spaceship of foreign countries, which can carry six people in low Earth orbit and three to four in a Moon landing mission.
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