14 September 2016
CCTV's reporter Ning Hong paid a visit to China’s newly constructed space industrial infrastructure, the AIT Center for large spacecrafts, in Tianjin. The Tianjin AIT Center is known as the hub of China's spacecraft development. It is a place for the Assembly, Integration and Testing of spacecrafts. It is composed of world-class facilities such as the KM8 Space Environment Simulator and the 140-ton force vibrator.
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13 September 2016
With the upcoming placement of the new Tiangong space laboratory, many new and longer-term science tasks can be conducted.
Among other experiments, Tiangong 2 space lab will accomodate plants to space, so as to study how human can grow plants in space. Professor of Shanghai institutes for biological sciences, Zheng Huiqiong, said: "... we have never conducted a full seed-to-seed growth cycle experiment in space. China will conduct the first of these seed-to-seed experiements in space through Tiangong 2."
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13 September 2016
The country's first commercial space industry base will be built in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, according to an agreement signed on 12 September 2016. The Wuhan National Space Industry Base will focus on the development of carrier rockets and satellites, commercial launch services and applications of satellite data. The base plans to establish an annual production capacity of 50 carrier rockets and 140 commercial satellites by 2020, said Zhang Di, deputy head of the Fourth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, after a signing ceremony between his company and the governments of Hubei and Wuhan at the Second China Commercial Aerospace Forum.
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12 September 2016
Scientists at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center are preparing to launch the country's second space laboratory. The Long March 2F carrier rocket will take the Tiangong-2 space lab into orbit within the next few days. CCTV is interviewing some of the space expert working at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, giving some personal insights into the efforts taking by the people working in the Gobi desert.
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13 September 2016
China has been developing aerospace technologies for decades. Yet in recent years, China has made significant progress in aerospace activities, including satellite deployment, manned space flights, and deep space exploration. China now has a complete satellite system, ranging from scientific experiment to practical applications satellites.
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11 September 2016
A joint drill of the Tiangong-2 space lab and the carrier rocket Long March II or CZ-2F was held on 11 September at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
The drill is designed to simulate situations three hours before the actual launch, which are regarded as the most critical moment to the launch. According to the engineers, the testing process went smoothly.
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