31 July 2019
How much money did China spend on building the Chang'e 4 lunar lander, the Yutu-2 lunar rover and the rocket to send them to the far side of the Moon?
According to Wu Yanhua, Deputy Director of the project, the total cost of the mission was "not much." "The cost is close to building one kilometer of subway," he said in a press conference back in January 2019. The cost-per-kilometer of subway in China varies from 500 million RMB (about 72.6 million USD) to 1.2 billion RMB (about 172.4 million USD), based on the difficulty of construction. So we still don't have the exact number, but the range is close enough to give people a solid estimation of the cost of a Moon trip. And another question: Is the Chang'e 4 mission really "reused trash?"
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31 July 2019
China plans to start building the first home port for seaborne space launches this year, a project that aims to facilitate more frequent and more systematic launches. The home port is to be built in Yantai, a coastal city in East China's Shandong province with an ideal location and solid industrial manufacturing industry. Along with the home port, the project will feature several research and manufacturing centers for rockets, satellite payload facilities and maritime launch platforms.
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A strategic cooperation framework agreement was signed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, city government of Yantai, and Shenzhen-headquartered China International Marine Containers Group to jointly build an eastern coastal space port in Haiyang, a city administered by Yantai.

31 July 2019
Reuters news agency interviewed iSpace’s Vice President for Finance Huo Jia and Vice President for Marketing and Communications Yao Bowen. They spoke about the company's plans for the near future and the aim of building a re-usable rocket.
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30 July 2019
Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency to build the European component of the SMILE satellite (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer). SMILE will be the first joint satellite mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), following on from the success of the Double Star / Tan Ce mission which flew between 2003 and 2008.
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29 July 2019
"The most valuable part of innovation is to make something out of nothing," said Yu Wenxian, who leads a team at the university conducting research for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System. "Working in the technology field, I have always believed that all the problems can be solved through innovation. I enjoy the process of discovering a problem and focusing on it." Yu, 54, established the nation's first Beidou industrial park, China Beidou Industrial Technology Innovation West Hongqiao Base, as well as the Shanghai Beidou Research Institute in 2013, both of which look to promote research and industrialization of the Beidou system.
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29 July 2019
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said that the Long March 2C which launched the new triplet of Yaogan 30 remote sensing satellites on 26 July was equipped with steerable grid fins to control the direction of the fall of the used rocket stage and its attitude. The success of the test is of great significance for improving China's inland rocket landing safety, minimizing the inconvenience to the local people, as well as promoting the follow-up development of carrier rockets' controllable recovery, soft landing and reuse, according to He Wei, an official with the CASC.
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