06 November 2018
The 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) opened on 06 November, with models of China's new-generation Changzheng, or Long March rocket series on display in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province. Also on display is the model of micro rocket Smart Dragon No.1, also known as Lightning Dragon No.1, developed by Chinarocket under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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02 November 2018
China's home-grown global satellite navigation system came a step closer to completion on 1 November with the launch of another BeiDou-3 satellite at 11:57 p.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the southwestern Sichuan Province. Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, it is the 41st of the BeiDou navigation system, and will work with 16 other Beidou-3 satellites already in orbit. It is also the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. In a geostationary orbit, following the Earth's rotation, it will view the same point on Earth continuously.
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01 November 2018
The Beijing Aerospace Institute of Automatic Control at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation successfully carried out a flight verification test of a carrier rocket's vertical landing system with guidance and control technology on 29 November. The Space Intelligence Technology Innovation Center and a national key laboratory of aerospace intelligent control technology were responsible for the flight test and research.
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30 October 2018
China's first space router has been successfully launched together with the HY-2B marine satellite atop the Long March-4B carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. The space router, designed and manufactured by the National University of Defense Technology, has already entered orbit. The router is one of the core requirements needed to build a "space-ground integrated information network," in a bid to provide Internet services for different users, as nearly half of people across the globe are yet to have Internet access, hindered by deserts, mountains, oceans or other natural environments.
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30 October 2018
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian astronaut, hopes the government can send out the next angkasawan to the final frontier by 2030 with the help of China. He added that it would be possible if Malaysia were to cooperate with China’s astronauts to develop a programme for that, Malay daily Sinar Harian reported on its website. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar also offered his help to facilitate a bilateral programme: “My relationship is good with the Chinese astronauts, especially its first astronaut. And I received many invitations from China as well.”
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30 October 2018
As China's private aerospace firms take inspiration from SpaceX, China's electric vehicle (EV) start-ups aim to repeat the success story of Tesla Inc. As start-ups making EVs have run into troubles lately, some fear the nation's aerospace firms will take a similar track. The Global Times interviewed industry insiders who said the two groups of firms face a different future.
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