Chang'e 5 is on track for landing on the Moon in 2017

29 July 2014
In an article with China Topix, a US-based online news platform, Wu Zhijian, spokesperson of the China State Administration of Science and Technology explained that the development of Change'e 5 is proceeding well. Despite this good news, China is aware of the difficulties along the way and that more milestone achievements for key technologies must be achieved. Also, the use of Chang'e 4 is still foreseen to support the lunar sample return missions Change'e 5 and Chang'e 6.
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China has announced the success of a missile interception test conducted from land

24 July 2014
The test, conducted within its territory late on Wednesday, "achieved the pre-set goal", according to a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense. Military authorities provided no other information about the operation.
China has already successfully completed two mid-course land-based missile interception tests, in 2010 and 2013, both of which "attained pre-set objectives."
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Is this the beginning of private Chinese rocket business?

29 July 2014
English People's Daily had a report on a Shenzhen-based three-person company, called: Link Space, which ambition is to successfully launch the first private rocket firm in China. "We want to compete with a reasonable price, so we really need to be open to the market before other competitors come in," said Hu Zhenyu, founder and CEO of Link Space. "Efficiency is a major issue." Hu has a clear timetable: This year, research and development on a variable thrust prototype will be finalised; in 2017, they will launch a research rocket; and in 2021, they will put a launch vehicle with a diameter of more than three meters into space.
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Antwerp Space Successfully Delivers 2 Omnisat to China

15 July 2014
Antwerp Space NV, a subsidiary of OHB AG successfully delivered 2 Omnisat equipments to two institutional customers in China. The equipment will be used for checking out of high speed satellite transmitters and in ground stations for the reception of earth observation data. The Omnisat of Antwerp Space has won the international tender because of its unique capability to deliver up to 3 independent high speed satellite receivers in a single chassis at any given intermediate frequency. This allowed the customers to have a very flexible receiver, at a competitive price.
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China and Brazil agree to launch another satellite

22 July 2014
China and Brazil have agreed to move ahead with the “China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS)” programme by adding another satellite to it, CBERS 4A, the Brazilian press reported citing the Brazilian Space Agency. The director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), Xu Dazhe, showed interest in building the CBERS 5 and 6 satellites as part of the 10-year programme between the two countries, talks for which are due to begin again at the end of 2014.
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Lunar rover is "awake"' but faults continue

21 July 2014
China's first lunar rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, is still "alive" despite the malfunction of some of its equipment, according to a senior space scientist. "Yutu has been woken up after the past dormancy, but the problems still exist," Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar probe project, told Xinhua News Agency in Hong Kong. Wu was to attend an exhibition set to open on Monday in Hong Kong that features the achievements China has made in its lunar exploration project.
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