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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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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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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15 March 2017
On 15 March 2017, Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT and Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed an agreement that provides the policy framework for the continuation and expansion of EUMETSAT’s cooperation with China on monitoring the atmosphere, oceans and climate from space.
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23 March 2017
China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian Earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on 21 March 2017.
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20 March 2017
A major space agreement between Saudi Arabia and Asia’s leading space power, China has been achieved. The agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) for Saudi Arabia to contribute to and participate in the Chinese-led Chang’e-4 Moon mission, scheduled to be launched in 2018. Until now it is not precisely known which contribution will come from Saudi Arabia to the mission.
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