08 March 2021
The Chang'e 4 lunar lander and the Yutu 2 rover have resumed work for the 28th lunar day. Both have survived 795 Earth days on the far side of the Moon. Yutu 2 is currently located about 429 m northwest of the landing site. On 3 March, a new batch of 605 data files collected during the 15th lunar day was released.
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09 March 2021
Construction of a new rocket production base began on 08 March in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Facilities in Nansha will be capable of design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of rockets. Covering about 40 hectares, the rocket production facility, situated at the mouth of the Pearl River, is expected to be able to produce more than 30 carrier rockets annually after operations get underway in early 2022.
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08 March 2021
A research team led by the National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered 3 new FRBs with a high-dispersion measurement from the mass of data of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST).
The discovery was published last week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters journal last week. The newly discovered FRBs, together with the first FRB captured by FAST in 2020, suggest there could be as many as 120,000 detectable FRBs arriving on Earth every day, according to the study. Based on the data from FAST, the scientists are expecting more discoveries while catching up with data processing.
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01 March 2021
Rui C. Barbosa wrote for NASASpaceflight.com a comprehensive overview article about what is known regarding the Chinese Space Station. He lists the expected launches, the station configuration and functions of the respective station modules and how the initial utilisation could look like.
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08 March 2021
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, a portrait of Zhang Yuhua, the Deputy Chief Commander of the Chang’e 5 and Tianwan 1 space missions, was published by the online portal shine.cn. Zhang Yuhua looks back at a 3 decades long career at SAST. After graduation in 1990, she was assigned to work at SAST, just when China’s manned, lunar and Mars space missions were beginning. “I was lucky to get in on the ground floor of China’s aerospace industry,” she said. Zhang encountered her biggest setback in 2014, when the six-wheeled Yutu 1 rover, designed by her team, malfunctioned on its second lunar day. She suffered insomnia for three days and cried alone in her room, she said.
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02 March 2021
Rocket manufacturer iSpace said on 1 March on its WeChat account that it has completed investigation of its launch failure, vowing that the firm will ramp up efforts on management and technology improvement. "Following 28 days of investigation and analysis, we have completed problem location analysis, fault simulation and recurrence, test verification and assessment and improvement measures." The flight failure of the SQX-1 Y2 rocket was located within a piece of insulation foam that had fallen off and fell on the IV grid rudder, causing the rudder to be blocked under aerodynamic pressure, and the foam was blown off again from the rudder later during the flight. After the rudder resumed the control system to track the command, the rudder deflection angle completed a deflection of more than 30 degrees in a short time, which caused a sudden change in the attitude of the rocket body, which led to the failure of the flight, according to the firm's analysis.
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