12 June 2020
Xinmei Shen summarised for Abacus what the Chinese internet community thinks about the new Netflix series: "For many TV critics, the new Netflix comedy Space Force isn’t all that comedic. But in China, where Netflix is unavailable, many people are finding ways to watch the show - and they find it entertaining. Or at least they do when they’re not being offended by it."
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12 June 2020
The satellites, Xingyun-2 01 and 02 for China's space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) project have completed phase-1 tests in orbit. Engineers at the Xingyun Ground Gateway, located in Wuhan National Aerospace Industry Base, tested the satellite platforms, payloads, and key technologies such as inter-satellite links. The results were in line with expectations, CASIC said. Additional in-orbit tests will be continued for the completion of the Xingyun project, China's first self-developed, space-based IoT constellation. The project is anticipated to solve problems detected in the IoT businesses' communication blind-zone, as a result of deficient coverage of cellular wireless communication networks.
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12 June 2020
The International Astronautical Federation - IAF decided to confer the 2020 IAF World Space Award to Wu Weiren, Chief Designer of China's Chang'e lunar programmes and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Yu Dengyun, Deputy Chief Designer of Chang'e programmes and Deputy Director of Science and Technology at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp; and Sun Zezhou, Chief Designer of the Chang'e 4 probe and a top researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology.
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11 June 2020
China successfully sent an new ocean observation satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China's Shanxi Province on 11 June. A Long March-2C rocket, carrying the satellite HY-1D, lifted off at 2:31 h (Beijing Time), according to the China National Space Administration. The new satellite will form China's first satellite constellation for marine civil service together with HY-1C, which was launched in September 2018.
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11 June 2020
A new Fengyun meteorological weather satellite is currently undergoing final tests at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and is expected to come out of the factory by the end of 2020. The new satellite will operate from a polar morning-evening orbit, a new feat, not done before. This will enable Chine to update its global polar-orbiting meteorological satellite data in four hours, improving its numerical weather forecast capacities. Four more Fengyun 3 satellites are under development.
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10 June 2020
What a first half of 2020 it has been in the Chinese space sector. With the usual lull in activity around Chinese New Year prolonged significantly by the Covid-19 outbreak, one could be excused for thinking that it was a lost half year in the industry. But, one would be incorrect in thinking that, with 2020 thus far seeing funding continue to flow to startups (though at a reduced pace), rockets continuing to launch, constellations continuing to build out, and even regulations starting to become a bit more clear.
To read all about it, check out the latest issue of the SatelliteExecutiveBriefing ...