11 March 2019
On the sidelines of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, Shang Zhi, head of CASC's space exploration programmes, said that the CZ-9's overall plan has passed internal technical reviews by experts at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp and is awaiting government approval. He said engineers are carrying out tests on key parts to be mounted on the rocket. The company estimates that about 10 Long March 9 rockets will be needed each year from 2030 to 2035 in China to meet the nation's robust demand in heavy-lift rockets at that time, Shang said.
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11 March 2019
Research findings from the Tianzhou 1 cargo space mission in 2017 have shown that the microgravity environment in space promotes heart cell differentiation of mice induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, providing new perspectives on future human space travel.
Researchers from China's Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Tsinghua University and the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences took the opportunity during the Tianzhou 1 cargo space mission in 2017, to investigate how spaceflight may affect cardiac differentiation of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The researchers could show that microgravity enhanced the cardiomyocyte differentiation process of iPSCs. The scientists hope, that in the future, similar automated stem cell experiments may help to realizse personalised cardiac tissue biomanufacturing and drug test during space travel.
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link to the publication "Spaceflight Promoted Myocardial Differentiation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Results from Tianzhou-1 Space Mission" in "Stem Cells and Development"


11 March 2019
Hindustan Times reported today, that China received a Chang'e 4 payload proposal from India in response to a letter by Xu Dazhe, Head of CNSA in 2015. CNSA invited major space nations to participate with piggy-back payloads to the Chang’e 4 lunar mission. The Indian payload did not make it through the evaluation process. ISRO did not comment on this report by Hindustan Times.
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10 March 2019
On 10 March, China sent a new communication satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The "Chinasat 6C" GEO satellite was launched at 0:28 a.m. Beijing Time by a Long March-3B carrier rocket. It will provide high-quality radio and TV transmission services. Chinasat 6C covers the region of China, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific island countries. The satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, and will be operated by the China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd. It was the 300th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
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10 March 2019
Wu Xiangping, 58, speaks fast, walks fast, and eats fast. For him, distances are measured in light years. An astronomer and academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wu is currently engaged in the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), an international project to build the world's largest radio telescope. The SKA will eventually consist of thousands of dishes and up to a million low-frequency dipole-type antennas to be deployed in Australia and several African countries. The total linkage will create a collecting area of about one square kilometer.
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08 March 2019
Development and construction of the CASIC's Hongyun low-orbit broadband communications satellite network, is on a track. The first Hongyun satellite now in orbit will soon start a trial run to demonstrate how high-speed internet services from space can work, according to Ma Jie, Party Secretary of the CASIC Second Academy, which developed the system. "The first Hongyun satellite has conducted communication tests with ground control. These tests were successful in establishing a space-based internet connection and proved that the Hongyun network will allow online browsing, video display and use of the WeChat instant messaging service," she said on the sidelines of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing.
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