18 July 2019
China startup company Xinghe Power, also known as Galactic Energy, plans to launch the Ceres-1 solid launch vehicle in March 2020 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The Ceres-1 solid-fuelled rocket will consist of three solid stages and a liquid-propellant fourth stage. It has a remaining carrying capacity of 79 kg available to global customers for load-testing to be completed by December.
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17 July 2019
TIMES magazine published a short video and a report about the Mars Base 1 in China's Gobi Desert. The location was built by private Chinese company C-Space. It serves educational purposes, providing tours and courses for school students and the interested public: "Visitors experience what life is like on a real space mission, from rearing crops under an ultraviolet glow in soilless science labs to clambering around in bulky space suits. Barley worms are even grown for protein in lieu of rearing animals."
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17 July 2019
From 10 to 12 July, the 8th Conference of Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA) was held in Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST). This conference focuses on climate change science and accurate weather prediction, and conducts in-depth discussions over topics like climate change, ocean science, earth model, and air pollution.
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17 July 2019
At a time when ESA is looking forward to future lunar exploration, it turns out there is already some small but crucial ESA-developed hardware in operation on the far side of the Moon. China’s Chang’e 4 lander is running on a LEON2-FT microprocessor core, especially designed for space missions by ESA and sold commercially by the Microchip company - marketed as the AT697.
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17 July 2019
The Sino-UK Joint Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences, involving the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) and the University of Leeds, has been set up in China, according to the CAS. More than 50 researchers from China and Britain attended the opening ceremony of the joint center. Discussions on subjects such as engineering geology, applied geophysics, petrogeochemistry, planetary science and paleoclimatology were held during a following academic conference.
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17 July 2019
With the coming 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Wang Ya'nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, speculated that China will be "technically ready" for a manned lunar landing by around 2035, establishing a permanent lunar base rather than NASA's symbolic footprint of 1969. In an interview with CBS Face the Nation on Sunday NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that "We're so far ahead of China right now, it's not even a comparison." In reply, Wang noted that China has never chased a ranking in the space sector.
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