10 December 2018
Algae can withstand temperatures up to 60 degrees centigrade, and ultraviolet radiation and drought, said Liu Yongding, a researcher at the Wuhan-based Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who has studied algae for over 40 years. Liu has an ambitious goal: letting algae pioneer human migration to Mars. Since 1987, his team has studied algae to support astronauts' long stay in space. They have carried out experiments on six of China's returnable satellites, and biological experiments on the Shenzhou spacecraft. They have worked with German scientists to research the life support system on the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft. They will also carry out experiments on China's future space station.
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10 December 2018
China will launch a reusable retrievable satellite next year, with its recoverable module able to be used 15 times over the next decade, according to the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corp. The new-generation retrievable satellite, being developed by CAST, is a reusable satellite which allows experiments and other payloads to be sent to space and later recovered. The 3,500-kilogram satellite will be offered in short-term and long-term configurations, with the former running on battery power alone and the later carrying solar arrays. It will be capable of carrying up to 500 to 600 kilograms of recoverable payload.
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07 December 2018
CFOSat, the China-France Oceanography Satellite, has obtained more than 400 pieces of marine environmental data in its first batch of data transmissions, a month after it took off from China's Gobi Desert. The data includes the distribution and moves of cyclones, location and intensity of typhoons, which helps researchers forecast the weather more accurately, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Liu Jianqiang, the project's Chinese Chief Scientist, who is also a Deputy Director-General of the Ocean Satellite Center of Ministry of Natural Resources, told media that the satellite, still in the test phase, is expected to operate after three months.
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09 December 2018
CCTV footage shows the careful and solid preparations of the Chang'e-4 lunar probe in the space test facilities. CASC staff is checking the equipment of the probe and the lander. Sun Zezhou, Chief Designer of Chang'e 4 explains the specific of the mission and gives a glimps on the needs for future deep-space missions.
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10 December 2018
The second orbit trimming for China's Chang'e 4 lunar probe was completed on the afternoon of 09 December at Kashgar Observation and Control Station in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The second orbit modification aims at confirming the status of the probe and check whether it can receive the information, laying the foundation for the next modification. "We have just completed the second orbit modification for Cheng'e 4 and then we will conduct the third one to ensure that it can precisely enter the lunar orbit and prepare for a soft landing of the probe," said Li Peng, an assistant engineer with Kashgar Observation and Control Station.
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09 December 2018
China launched on 06 December its first experimental base project for space solar power stations. The base is set to be located in Bishan District of Chongqing Municipality in the country's southwest. The Chongqing University, China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and the Xidian University jointly signed the cooperation deal with the Bishan District government at a forum on space solar power station technologies. The aim is to research into space-based solar power (SBSP), that is, to collect solar power in outer space and then transmit it to the earth.
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