20 February 2020
China sent four new technology experiment satellites into planned orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province on 20 February. The satellites were launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 5:07 h (Beijing Time). The satellites - known as XJS-C, D, E and F - will be used to test new technologies including high-speed telecommunications and cutting-edge sensors for next-generation Earth observation satellites.
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detailed launch report on SCMP
more photos on ECNS 

18 February 2020
The lander and rover of the Chang'e 4 probe have resumed work for the 15th lunar day on the far side of the Moon after "sleeping" through the lunar night. The lander woke up on 18 February at 6:57 h (Beijing time), and the rover awoke at 17:55 h on 17 February. Both are in normal working order, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
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16 February 2020
The 41st, 49th, 50th, and 51st satellites of the BDS family have completed in-orbit testing and started operation in the network. Beidou 41 works in GEO, Beidou 49 in inclined geosynchronous Earth and Beidou 50 and 51 are positioned in in medium Earth orbit.
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Link to the presentation of the Chinese delegation during the 14th Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) of the United Nations, held in December 2019 in Bangalore, India.

09 February 2020
The GoTaikonauts! team is currently working on the newsletter no 28, comprising a detailed report on the 5th China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum - 5th CCAF which took place in November 2019. Since 2017, we have been visiting the capital of the Hebei province Wuhan for attending this annual international commercial space conference. Without the CCAF space conference, Wuhan would not mean much to us. However, over the years we came to feel like at home in Wuhan. We know the places and we know the warm-hearted people of this city in the centre of China. We wish to honour the 11 million inhabitants of Wuhan - the town which is affected the most by the current outbreak of the Corona virus. We wish them strength and we express our hope to come back to Wuhan soon. GoTaikonauts! issue no 28 will be dedicated to the people of Wuhan.

11 February 2020
Elizabeth Howell reports for Forbes about the increasingly important watch on ocean going vessels from space, in particular in the South China Sea: "The South China Sea now has sharper satellite "vision" watching the region, helping to manage one of the busiest ship trafficking areas in the world. A collaboration led by Spire Maritime and China’s HiFleet recently increased visibility of ship signals in the region by more than 200%, according to representatives."
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08 February 2020
The latest issue of GoTaikonauts!, issue no 27 was just published. The newsletter features the obligatory Chinese Space Quarterly Report, covering the period of January - March 2019. The diary-like article gives an overview on the first three lunar days of Chang'e 4's operations on the far side of the Moon. In an detailed report, Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting describes his observations during visits to several European space companies and he is comparing those insights into the fundamental set-up and operation of the European and Chinese space industry. Brian Harvey reveals on hand of the raw data from Marine Traffic the movements of the fleet of Yuanwang space tracking vessels during the reporting period of mid-September to the end of December 2019. And last but not least we are republishing Donovan Cosby's impressions from a tour to the Beijing Air and Space museum.
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