10 August 2019
Chinese private space startup Linkspace on 10 August successfully completed the third vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) test of a rocket, taking a step further in its development of a recyclable orbital rocket. The rocket, named RLV-T5 (NewLine Baby), blasted off at 10:35 h Beijing time at Linkspace's launch base in Lenghu Town, Yuya City, northwest China's Qinghai Province.It reached a new height of 300 meters before landing steadily and accurately at the designated area with little deviation. The whole process lasted for 50 seconds.
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08 August 2019
China launched a new fund of 1 billion yuan ($142 million) on 07 August, in a bid to promote self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System's (BDS) speedy applications. The "Beidou Smart Manufacturing Plan" will provide the funds and technological support to build developer ecosystems to help software developers create products in new application scenarios engaging more sectors, Shanghai Securities News reported.
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08 August 2019
China's Yutu 2 lunar rover has entered sleeping mode for the 8th lunar night of its presence on the Far Side of the Moon and is in good condition after traveling 271 meters, according to China National Space Administration. Yutu, was switched to dormant mode at around 17:50 h on 07 August after receiving signals from ground control. During the eighth lunar day of the probe on the Moon, the scientific instruments on the lander and rover worked well, and a new batch of scientific detection data were sent to the core research team for analysis.
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07 August 2019
Namrata Goswami is analysing in her article for "The Space Review" how China "has worked to build alliance structures, signed memoranda of understanding, and offered to collaborate on lunar missions with other countries. This is part of Xi’s vision of creating a world order where China not only has capacity but also legitimacy as the country that champions a peaceful and harmonious world order."
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08 August 2019
China's super-thin rubidium atomic clock, which is just 17 millimeters thick, has been put into mass production
The clock, developed in 2018 by a research institute under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited, is the key to the positioning and timing accuracy of BeiDou navigation satellites.
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07 August 2019
Ajey Lele is describing in an op-ed for "SpaceNews" what a possible India-China space collaboration could bring and how this could be initiated. "Space could emerge as one arena where both states could make a fresh beginning. ... India and China are both aware of the financial and technological limitations involved in going solo to deep space. At the geopolitical level, space collaboration could help the two nations lessen their differences."
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