22 March 2019
Maritime monitoring vessel Yuanwang 5 docked at a port in east China's Jiangsu Province on 22 March, after finishing its observation and control task of communication satellite ChinaSat 6C on the Pacific Ocean. ChinaSat 6C was sent into orbit on 10 March from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
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21 March 2019
The Gaofen 5 and Gaofen 6 satellites, were officially put into service on 21 March after completing in-orbit tests. During the tests, the two satellites provided precise data on environmental monitoring, natural resources and natural disasters, according to China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) and China's National Space Administration (CNSA). Both satellites will form a constellation with other Gaofen satellites in orbit.
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21 March 2019
China and Italy have been sharing space tech for decades. The latest fruits of the co-op are orbiting the Earth and providing research data to both countries. The Wukong satellite, whose key part was built with the help of Italy, is detecting dark matters in the space. China's electromagnetic field monitor, Zhangheng 1, is equipped with two high energy particle detectors. One was domestically built, another imported from Italy.
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17 March 2019
Eric Rosenbaum and Donovan Russo write on the online portal CNBC.com about China's ambitions in the field of space-based solar power. They give an overview on the facts known so far and how to evaluate them. Also, they interview experts on this matter, e.g. John Mankins, President of R&D and innovation management consulting firm Artemis Innovation Management Solutions: “There is absolutely progress from the Chinese at this point. This is not posturing; this is a real plan from serious organizations with revered scientists in China. They have a perfectly good technical plan, and they can do it by 2030,”
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21 March 2019
Beijing on 20 March refuted the U.S. accusations against China and Russia of raising the risk of conflict in space as "groundless" while blaming Washington for aggravating the threat of "weaponizing the outer space." "The Chinese side did not, and will not take part in an arms race in outer space of any form. Our stance remains unchanged," Chinese Foreign Minister Spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters, reiterating Beijing's long-standing position of preventing the weaponization of outer space.
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20 March 2019
SpacePolicyOnline suggest the following event: The Secure World Foundation (SWF) will hold a seminar on U.S.-China Engagement in Space on March 29, 2019 from 12:00-2:00 pm ET at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC. The event is free, but advance registration is REQUIRED.
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