17 August 2019
China's new carrier rocket Smart Dragon 1 (SD-1), designed for commercial use, made its maiden flight on 17 August, sending three satellites into planned orbit.
The rocket, developed by the China Rocket Co. Ltd. affiliated to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT), blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:11 h (Beijing Time). The three satellites, respectively developed by three Beijing-based companies, will be used for remote sensing services, communication and Internet of Things.
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China to provide world's leading sci-tech journals
16 August 2019
The China Association for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China have issued a guideline on promoting reform and development of the country's sci-tech journals. The guideline proposes approaches to achieve a goal of establishing world-leading sci-tech journals, stressing that sci-tech journals reflect a country's competitiveness and cultural soft power. It calls for efforts to enhance Chinese journals' management, market operation and international influence.
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China to fund 41,752 science projects with more than 21 bln yuan
17 August 2019
China will allocate 21.03 billion RMB (about 2.99 billion USD) to finance 41,752 science projects, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) announced on 16 August. The funds will go to 10 types of science projects including national key projects, key international cooperative research projects, projects conducted by distinguished young scholars, as well as major projects on scientific instruments and equipment.
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15 August 2019
Satellite "Haichuang Qiansheng" built by Beijing Qiansheng Exploration Technology Co has completed all pre-flight tests and will be launched into a 540 km orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on board of a Jielong (Smart Dragon) rocket. According to Beijing Qiansheng, the satellite is by far the heaviest offering, weighs 65 kilograms, to be launched by any Chinese private satellite maker so far, and it's also the first dual-function satellite made by a start-up.
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15 August 2019
Since the successful launch of its first Earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-1, in 2013, the country has almost completed the construction of its space-based Earth observation system with several high-definition satellites. By the end of 2019, China will launch another such satellite, indicating the complete construction of the system. The country shares system data with countries all over the world to help towards international disaster prevention and mitigation. Also, before 2025, the country will launch three high-orbit and six low-orbit Fengyun satellites.
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15 August 2019
The ongoing online applications for national science and technology experiments to be conducted onboard the China Space Station will run until 31 August. Applications can be filed through the log-in webportal: http://39.97.240.213/login
Also, nearing the same deadline are applications for the international payloads on the China's Chang'e 6 mission and asteroid-comet mission
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13 August 2019
Aoki Setsuko, Professor of Law at Keio University Law School, explains in an interview with nippon.com the rapid development China's space activities in the recent decades. She thinks of the launch of the quantum communications satellite QUESS-Mozi as the “Sputnik moment” of the twenty-first century. She also looks into the strategic moves China is making with respect to partnership programmes and reflects on the long-term perspectives of space competition in which China will play a leading role.
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