31 July 2020
Mynaric announced on 30 July that will not launch its Condor laser communication terminal for inter-satellite connectivity on board a Chinese spacecraft. It said in a statement on its website: ... to cease its business activities in China. Mynaric, having not delivered any laser communication hardware to China to date, will start at once to extricate itself from ongoing, but as yet uncompleted, transactions with customers in China. Having realized the strategic importance of laser communication Mynaric was already well into a monetized divestment plan from the Chinese market through a buy-out which has now stopped."
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15 September 2020
A Long March-11 carrier rocket successfully sent 9 satellites of the Jilin-1 Gaofen 03-1 group into planned orbit from a floating platform in the Yellow Sea on 15 September at 9:23 BJT. The satellites were developed by the Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd.
Three of the satellites will be used for video imaging, one of which is for China's popular video sharing platform Bilibili and another for the state broadcaster CCTV. The other six satellites are push-broom imaging satellites. The launch was conducted under the responsibility of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre.
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14 September 2020
China's first polar-observing satellite, BNU-1 (Ice Pathfinder), has obtained 2,501 images covering the Arctic and Antarctic regions after orbiting Earth for a full year, its owner, Beijing Normal University (BNU), said on 12 September. At the press conference held in Beijing, BNU released a series of remote sensing data of the North and South Poles. Among all the images obtained by the satellite, 850 are of the Antarctic ice sheet and 1,025 picture the Arctic regions. Users have access to all the above data and images, and downloading is free.
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12 September 2020
The Chang'e 4 lunar lander and Yutu 2 rover have resumed work for the 22nd lunar day on the far side of the Moon. The lander woke up on 12 September at 5:15 h BJT and the rover on 11 September at 11:54 h BJT.
In the meanwhile, Tianwen 1 has traveled 137 million km. On 11 September at 9:00 h BJT the Mars probe was at a distance to Earth of more than 15.3 million km.
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12 September 2020
The optical remote-sensing satellite Jilin-1 Gaofen 02C, which was launched aboard the Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 12 September at 13:02 h BJT, failed to enter the preset orbit. Abnormal performance was identified during the rocket's flight, said the launch centre. The cause of the failure is under investigation.
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12 September 2020
Using China's Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), a team of scientists has discovered the strongest magnetic field ever observed in the universe on the surface of a neutron star, designated GRO J1008-57.
This work was conducted by scientists from the Institute of High Energy Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany. Results were published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters in August.
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link to publication in Astrophysical Journal Letters