Second launch within 24 hours - China launches new disaster monitoring satellite

21 November 2014
A satellite for natural disaster monitoring was successfully launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. on 21 November, China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center announced. The satellite Kuaizhou II, or Speedy Vessel II, will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information. The satellite was carried by a small launch vehicle bearing the same name as the vessel Kuaizhou. China launched the first Kuaizhou satellite in September last year.
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China launches Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite

20 November 2014
China sent the Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite into a scheduled orbit at 3:12 p.m. on Thursday from the Jiuquan satellite launch center. Yaogan satellites will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. The Yaogan-24 was carried by a Long March-2D rocket, the 199th mission for the Long March rocket family.
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Design of probe unveiled to land on asteroid and protect Earth from catastrophic impact

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.

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China Testing Mobile Space Launcher

12 November 2014

Aviation Week author Bill Sweetman reports about the test of a Chinese mobile space launcher platform designated FT-1 by China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (Casic) which has been showcased as a subscale model during the recent China Airshow. According to his report, it was designed together with a suitable small satellite platform. Moreover, he reports FT-1 "can loft 300 kg into an equatorial orbit and 250 kg into a sun-synchronous orbit."

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Russia, China to set up joint venture to promote satellite navigation services

14 November 2014

Russia and China will create a joint venture to promote services based on Russia’s GLONASS and China’s Beidou satellite navigation systems worldwide, a spokesman for non-commercial partnership GLONASS Union, the Russian system's only operator, said on Friday. “A Russian-Chinese center for implementation of satellite navigation technologies for civilian use will be set up to perform administrative work to establish a joint venture by the end of the year,” the spokesman said. “The center will become a supervisory body, identifying key areas of the future joint venture, and will address all issues connected with its establishment.”

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Russia, China to agree on space exploration programme in early 2015

19 November 2014

Russian and Chinese scientists will agree on a plan of cooperation in outer space research in January 2015, director of Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Space Research Lev Zeleny told reporters on Wednesday. “We have discussed plans of Russian-Chinese experiments with the chief of the similar institute just a week ago. We have a long list of 15-20 issues on each side. We will merge them at a meeting in January,” Zeleny said.

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