15 January 2020
China sent a new optical remote-sensing satellite for commercial use into planned orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province in the morning of the 15 January. The satellite, belonging to the Jilin-1 satellite family, also named Red Flag-1 H9, was launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 10:53 BJT. The new satellite, developed by the Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd., has a super-wide coverage and a resolution at the sub-meter level. It is also capable of high-speed data storage and transmission.
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14 January 2020
Ethiopia seeks to boost space science cooperation with China to forge a long term partnership, Solomon Belay, Director General of Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) told Chinese media. "Chinese assistance in space science, through joint space related researches and projects will help Ethiopia achieve significant technological and economic development," the official said, who also revealed that in the near future, China is expected to help Ethiopia build a continental satellite data receiver station, which can receive and disseminate space information across the African continent.
Belay said with Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa home to the African Union (AU) Headquarter, the continental satellite data receiver station will be ideally placed to disseminate information to various African countries.
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13 January 2020
The year 2019 witnessed 34 space launches by China. And the nation's aerospace industry will see a busy year in 2020, with the number of space launches expected to exceed 40. Then what to expect in 2020?
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Last year, a long chapter was written in the history of China's space industry, with a host of memorable events taking place. The nation carried out more space missions than any other country, with 32 successful orbital launches.
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11 January 2020
Lists of China's and the world's top 10 sci-tech news events, jointly selected by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, were announced on 11 January in Beijing. The 10 major China's scientific and technological news events included the first-ever soft landing on the Moon's far side by the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, the discovery of the largest ever stellar black hole by Chinese astronomers, as well as the successful in-orbit tests of the country's first space-based gravitational wave detection experiment satellite Taiji-1.
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03 January 2020
On 3 January 2020, the Ground Research and Application System (GRAS) of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Project publicly released scientific data acquired by Chang'e 4 during the 1st to 12th lunar day. The Landing Camera (LCAM), installed at the bottom of the lander, has acquired the lunar surface images surrounding the landing site at a height of 2 km to 4 m during the lander's descending phase. The Level 2A scientific data released, contain a total of 5.441 data record files (.2A file), each of which is accompanied by a descriptive label file (.2AL) of the same name (in total: 10.882 files).
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Also, the scientific data acquired by 5 scientific payloads on-board Chang'e-4 lander and rover during the 1st to 12th lunar day were made available. A total of 17,239 data files, with a total data volume of 20.9 GB were released.
Lander: LCAM Level 2A Scientific Data / TCAM Level 2C Scientific Data
Rover: PCAM Level 2B Scientific Data / LPR Level 2B Scientific Data / VNIS Level 2B Scientific Dat
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11 January 2020
China completed commissioning of the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope on 11 January, putting it into formal operation after a productive three-year trial. The telescope will gradually open to astronomers around the globe, providing them with a powerful tool to uncover the mysteries surrounding the genesis and evolutions of the universe. It was revealed that the construction cost were nearly 1.2-billion-yuan (around 170 million USD)
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FAST telescope in numbers: FAST & advanced - Unveiling the secrets behind the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, in the mountains of China's Guizhou.
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