14 March 2021
Private space technology start-up Rocket Pi has set itself an ambitious goal of initiating an orbital space biology lab around 2025. This told company founder Cheng Wei on 14 March Global Times. Rocket Pi is based in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.
It aims to conduct studies of the impact of space on the human body to explore the development of future manned space missions, while also planning to use a bioregenerative life support system onboard its lab to study the feasibility of long-term human stays on the Moon or other extraterrestrial bodies. Rocket Pi has a four-step framework toward its ambitious goals. According to material that the company provided to the Global Times, its spacecraft will be very much like China's manned Tiangong-2 space lab. Rocket Pi also plans to launch its first liquid-fuel carrier rocket codenamed Darwin-1 by the end of 2022.
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15 March 2021
Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog are reporting for SpaceWatch.Global on China's main space events of the last week. This time the two experts focus on the latest information coming out from the "two sessions" regarding the role commercial companies can play in China’s future satellite internet. Another part of their reporting covers the question of a new dedicated spaceport for commercial launch companies. They also give their views on the launch of the CZ-7A and the progress of commercial launch provider Galactic Energy.
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15 March 2021
In the next 5 years, Chinese scientists hope to develop a long-distance, high-speed quantum communication system using only domestically made parts that can also be integrated with classical communication technologies, China's leading quantum scientist Pan Jianwei told China Daily in an exclusive interview. In space, China plans to create mid- to high-orbit quantum satellites that can work around the clock, providing ultra-secure communication for business operations, Pan Jianwei explained.
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13 March 2021
The video of the latest international workshop of The University of Tokyo's Science, Technology and Innovation Governance (STIG) Program, titled "New Space in Asia: Implications of the Rise of the Chinese Commercial Space Sector in Asia and Beyond" is now available on YouTube! It includes the presentation of the latest ESPI Report "New Space in Asia" edited by Marco Aliberti and Quentin Verspieren.
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14 March 2021
Wu Weiren, the Chief Designer of China's Lunar Exploration Programme CLEP confirmed that China has completed feasibility studies of the 4th phase of its lunar exploration project and is expected to build an international lunar research station on the Moon's south pole.
With respect to the Sino-Russian cooperation for a research station on the Moon, Wu said: "If the lunar research station project can be successfully implemented, China will not be far away from achieving manned landing on the Moon." He added that Chinese scientists and engineers are studying how to land on the Moon. It will be a long-term lunar stay for Chinese astronauts, not short-term, said Wu.
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13 March 2021
On 13 March, the 4th group of China's Yaogan 31 remote sensing satellites were sent into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 10:19 BJT. The satellites were carried by a CZ-4C rocket and have entered their planned orbits. The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests.
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