29 October 2019
Excitement has been building up in China and among space enthusiasts ever since Chinese authorities have hinted at a possible return of Long March 5 to the launchpad at the end of the year. First mentioned by CGWIC during the Satellite Business Week in September 2019, it was then further confirmed by the departure for Tianjin of the Yuan Wang 21 and 22 cargo ships (which specialize in the transportation of rocket parts, notably Long March 5). The current launch date is estimated to be at the end of December, although this could easily be shifted to early 2020 due to the usual uncertainty around launches.
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23 October 2019
HorizonX established on July 8, 2016, is a company specializing in the integration of 5G world-wide integrated network research, which consists of HorizonX Communications, HorizonX Future Network Research Institute, and HorizonX Space Technology. The company plans to build the next generation 5G low-orbit satellite constellation system, relying on the space-based communication platform to develop a communication system suitable for passenger aircraft and driverless vehicles, to realize air and land traffic management and entertainment terminal applications. It’s also the actual operator of the China University Cube Satellite Competition.
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08 November 2019
The International Symposium on the Peaceful Use of Space Technology will take place from 18 to 20 November 2019 at the Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Center . The first International Symposium was held in Hainan, China in January 2018. The 2019 International Symposium will focus on the development and application of space technology in health care, remote sensing big data, space education and other aspects. The event is hosted by the Chinese Society of Astronautics, the China High-Tech Industrialisation Association and the International Peace Alliance (Space).
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08 November 2019
The Chinese Academy of Sciences confirmed that the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station has received 616.6 GB of data from the newly launched Earth observation satellite Gaofen 7. The satellite has adopted variable coding and modulation technology, effectively improving its downlink transmission efficiency of satellite data. Additionally, the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station also developed new ground data receiving devices for adaptive, fully automatic and reliable reception of multiple satellite data.
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07 November 2019
China plans to launch a recoverable satellite that will carry 240 kg of of seeds and plants, as well as other forms of life such as bacteria into space. The main goal is to see if during the 2 weeks of flight, seed mutations take place in the space environment that in the consequence might lead to better crops. Scientists would combine other biological technology such as genetic sequencing, molecular labelling and gene editing to help improve the efficiency of new crop species. The second most widely used mutant wheat variety in China, Luyuan 502, had been developed using space-induced mutation breeding, and had a yield 11 per cent higher than the traditional variety.
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07 November 2019
China will share data from its Gaofen (GF) satellites free to the public on the website www.cnsageo.com, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced at a meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Canberra, Australia. The China High-resolution Earth Observation System aims to build up an observation system based on satellites, aircraft and ground systems. Several satellites including the GF-1 and GF-6 have been launched under the system’s framework. Through the website, people can access three kinds of GF 16-meter data: a global coverage map generated with archived data, historical archived data, and 16-meter data updated daily, according to CNSA.
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