China launches 2 satellites for its indigenous global navigation system BeiDou

25 July 2015
A Long March-3B/Yuanzheng-1 rocket carrying two new-generation satellites for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network - the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) - blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest China's Sichuan Province on 25 July 2015. China successfully launched the two satellites into different orbits. The Long March-3B was equipped with the Expedition-1, or Yuanzheng-1 independent aircraft installed on the carrier rocket with the ability of sending one or more spacecraft into different orbits in space.
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China to launch scientific satellite SJ-10 in 2016

23 July 2015
Chinese scientists are planning to launch a retrievable scientific research satellite in the first half of 2016, researchers with the project announced on Thursday. The satellite, SJ-10, will carry out research in "microgravity and space life science" to provide scientific support to manned space missions and space scientists on Earth, said the head of the project Hu Wenrui.
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China assembles world largest static telescope

23 July 2015
In the afternoon of 23 July 2015, technicians began to assemble the world largest telescope's reflector in the mountains of southwest China's Guizhou Province. The dish will be 500 meters in diameter and made up of 4,450 panels. Each panel is an equilateral triangle with a side length of 11 meters. Once completed, the single-aperture spherical telescope called "FAST" will be the world's largest, overtaking Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 meters in diameter.
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RELATED: Supercomputer Skyeye-1 to support world's largest radio telescope
28 July 2015
Supercomputer Skyeye-1, capable of a quadrillion computing operations per second, will support space exploration by the world's largest radio telescope based in southwest China's Guizhou Province.
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International study focuses on mining of space minerals

17 July 2015
A study, edited by Secretary General of the China Institute of Space Law, Zhang Zhenjun and Arthur Dula, faculty member of the Houston Law School was released by the International Academy of Astronautics. "This unprecedented study is the outcome of international collaboration, involving industry leaders and space professionals with different background from as many as 16 nations. The study shows how important it is to create a sound legal environment for SMR exploration and mining from both national and international perspectives," said Zhang Zhenjun about the publication which concludes that space mineral resources (SMR) can benefit humanity and serve as an economic "game changer," especially in developing countries.
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Aldrin wants to see more "handshakes in space" - in particular with China

17 July 2015
On the 40th anniversary of the Soyuz-Apollo Test Project, Moon walker Edwin Aldrin is raising his voice to call for more "handshakes in space". In an comment for "Time" magazine, Aldrin explicitly stresses that international space cooperation needs China: "I was heartened to see recent movement in opening up U.S.-China discussion on a number of space-related matters." He added that "the U.S. and China decided to establish regular bilateral government-to-government consultations on civil space cooperation. The first U.S.-China Civil Space Cooperation Dialogue is to take place in China before the end of October."
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China-Arab Satellite Service Industry Demonstration Area to be set up in Yinchuan

15 July 2015
Yinchuan Economic and Technical Development Zone and China Alliance of Satellite Application Service signed a cooperation agreement on the establishment and operation of New Silk Road Satellite Service Industry Demonstration Area in 2016. The demonstration area will become the one and only base for China to provide Arabic countries and regions with satellite communication and navigation services.
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