17 August 2018
Chinese researchers have successfully completed the first test of the propulsion system for the experiment module of the country's planned space station. The test consisted of eight procedures that covered all working conditions of an in-orbit experiment module. It also simulated possible errors the module may encounter in space, according to a research institute affiliated with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
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16 August 2018
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT), a major manufacturer of the Long March series rockets, has announced it has spare capacity on seven rockets offering launch services for commercial satellites. The first will be at the end of this year. China's Long March-5, the country's largest carrier rocket, still has a weight vacancy of 100 kg, and can carry payloads to a geostationary transfer orbit with a perigee at 200 km and apogee at 40,000 km.
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15 August 2018
China's Moon lander and rover for the Chang'e 4 lunar probe, which is expected to land on the far side of the Moon this year, was unveiled on 15 August.
Images displayed at 15 August's press conference showed the rover was a rectangular box with two foldable solar panels and six wheels. It is 1.5 meters long, 1 meter wide and 1.1 meters high. Wu Weiren, the Chief Designer of China's lunar probe programme, said the Chang'e 4 rover largely kept the shape and conditions of its predecessor, Yutu (Jade Rabbit), China's first lunar rover for the Chang'e 3 lunar probe in 2013.
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14 August 2018
Chinese scientists have put forward a novel idea to view a total solar eclipse in space by using the earth to cover the sun, so they might have a longer and more accurate observation and study the source of solar storms. Cooperating with scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China and the Innovation Academy of Microsatellites of the CAS, Luo Bingxian, a researcher at the National Space Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) took the idea to a contest of innovative future technologies and was selected as one of 30 winning projects. The project is about putting a telescope, the Earth and Sun in a straight line. His team calculated the best place for the telescope was close to the second Lagrange point (L2) of the sun-earth system, about 1.4 million kilometers from the Earth.
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14 August 2018
A Chinese scientist says the country's solar radio heliograph is likely to cooperate with NASA's recently launched Parker Solar Probe to study the Sun. The Chinese Spectral Radioheliograph (CSRH), built at Ming'antu, a radio quiet region in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, consists of 100 antennas with different frequency spectra covering an area of 10 square km. It can monitor solar activities on a wide imaging resolution spectrum. According to Yan Yihua, president of Division E Sun and Heliosphere, International Astronomical Union, the observation range of the CSRH and the Parker Solar Probe will overlap and it's possible that the two will cooperate in the future for specific scientific tasks.
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U.S., China should have more frequent contact in sciences
14 August 2018
Cooperation between U.S. and Chinese scientists, although currently strong, and could benefit from more exchanges, environmental experts said at a recent meeting held here.
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14 August 2018
China's southern island province of Hainan has said it is preparing to launch a series of satellites in the later half of 2019, in two phases, to assist remote sensing coverage. On 14 August, the Sanya Institute of Remote Sensing approved technical plans for three optical satellites in the first phase and one in the second phase. Yang Tianliang, Director of the institute, said the network would be used to provide data services in navigation, fisheries and emergency rescue.
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