13 November 2014
China should develop a new-generation heavy-lift launch system that is even more powerful than the Long March 5, which is under development and will send the nation's manned space station in to orbit, industry insiders have urged. "It is a must for us to develop a more powerful heavy-lift rocket if we want to reach and explore deep space," Zhang Zhi, a senior rocket researcher at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, told China Daily on Wednesday as he attended the ongoing 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.
15 November 2014
China launched the Yaogan-23 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. It was carried by a Long March-2C rocket, marking the 198th mission for the Long March rocket family.
14 November 2014
On 14 November 2014, Wang Zhaoyao, Director of the China Manned Space Agency, held a conversation with a NASA delegation headed by Charles Bolden. Both parties presented each other’s latest development and follow-on planning for the manned space programme, held an in-depth talk on the international manned space co-operation, exchanged opinions, and expressed the good will of strengthening the multi-lateral co-operations and communications.
14 November 2014
Chinese scientists have unveiled designs for a spacecraft that could help deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, China News Services has reported. The probe would land on Apophis, a 46 million tonne asteroid, and collect data to help develop a “solar sail” technique to prevent it from hitting our planet, according to researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, Jiangsu. [...] The sail – weighing just 10kg but with a large area – would help deflect the asteroid from its collision course by harnessing the power of solar wind. But the Tsinghua proposal faced numerous technical difficulties.