06 February 2016
To take a closer look at some of China's ambitious space projects for 2016, and to get to know where China is ranked among the leading countries in the space industry, CRIENGLISH interviewed Prof. Yang Yuguang from China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation, also Secretary of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation) Space Transportation Committee.
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08 February 2016
China recently concluded the final tests on its largest and most powerful rocket, the Long March 5, at the Wen-chang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province, and will conduct the rocket's first flight in September, according to a senior project manager. The tests started in late September last year totaled more than 130 days. They proved that the Long March 5, China's newest and most technologically advanced rocket, works well with the ground facilities at the Wenchang center, said Li Dong, a Senior Designer at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology and Head of the Long March 5 project.
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03 February 2016
China plans to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in the next five years to support its global navigation and positioning network, Ran Chengqi, spokesperson of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System said on 3 February. By the end of 2018, another 18 satellites will be put into orbit for Beidou's navigation service, said Ran, who is also director of the China Satellite Navigation Office. Ran said the positioning accuracy of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System inside China has reached five meters, with the improvement of a software algorithm and other technology development.
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03 February 2016
An article posted by Andrew Jones for the online platform "Global Times" shows a video by CASC on the docking mechanism used for Chinese space craft docking.
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03 February 2016
China released first images captured by the nation's most sophisticated observation satellite Gaofen-4 on 03 February, including one showing the capital city Beijing amid heavy smog. Each of the images, released by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), covers an area of at least 400 km, said Tong Xudong, Chief Designer of the Gaofen project with SASTIND.
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some of the photos were published by AsiaOne...

01 February 2016
China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 3:29 p.m. Beijing Time on 1 February 2016.
Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, putting China one step closer to providing an alternative to the U.S.-operated GPS.
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