17 October 2018
Many new companies have entered the commercial aerospace industry in China, supported by the government. Most of the CEOs come from government aerospace agencies or national scientific institutions. These companies still have a long way to go to catch up with Elon Musk's SpaceX.
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15 October 2018
A technical committee is being established for setting up standards for China's planned space station. The technical committee will be responsible establishing national standards, as well as military standards, for the research and development of manned space technology, its applications and related services. The committee, made up of 37 experts, will be headed by Zhou Jianping, Chief Engineer behind the Chinese Space Station.
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16 October 2018
An asteroid has been named after Nan Rendong, the founding scientist of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), with approval from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Asteroid Nanrendong, coded 79694, was discovered on Sept. 25, 1998, by astronomers with the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program at the Xinglong observatory in northern China, according to a recent IAU communique.
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15 October 2018
An asteroid has been named after the university of China's top science academy, with approval from the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Asteroid Guokeda (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences), coded 189018, was discovered on Oct. 14, 1998 by astronomers with the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program at the Xinglong observatory in northern China, according to a recent IAU communique.
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15 October 2018
China sent twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 12:23 p.m. on 15 October. The satellites entered their planned orbit after flying more than three hours, and will work with the 14 BeiDou-3 satellites already in orbit. The satellites are the 39th and 40th of the BeiDou navigation system, and the 15th and 16th of the BeiDou-3 family.
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14 October 2018
China plans to launch its first satellite to test the technologies of the space-based gravitational wave detection program "Tianqin" by the end of 2019. The programme Tianqin, meaning "harp in sky," was initiated by Sun Yat-sen University in south China's Guangdong Province in 2015. It will consist of three satellites forming an equilateral triangle around the earth.
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