16 June 2020
After extensive in-orbit testing and debugging, China's first polar-observing satellite "Ice Pathfinder" (Code: BNU-1) has started its Arctic observation mission after orbiting Earth for nine months. Since its launch on 12 September 2019, Ice Pathfinder has sent back more than 1,000 images covering the South Polar region. It was developed by scientists of the Beijing Normal University and Sun Yat-Sen University. It was designed to provide coverage between 85 degrees north and south latitudes.
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16 June 2020
China's newly-launched ocean observation satellite has sent back its first batch of remote sensing images, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The HY-1D satellite and its payloads, which include an ocean color and temperature scanner and calibration spectrometer, have started normal operations. The National Satellite Marine Application Service's three ground stations in Hainan Province, Beijing and Heilongjiang Province, successfully received the remote sensing data from the satellite on 14 June.
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update from 16 June: Engineers discovered technical problems with the CZ-3B rocket during pre-launch checks. As a result, the launch of the last BDS-3 constellation satellite has been postponed, and a new launch date is to be set.  

Pre-Launch Countdown Starts for the Last BDS-3 Satellite
14 June 2020
The final satellite to complete the third-generation network of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System is now ready for launch, according to the China Satellite Navigation Office. The spacecraft, the 59th in the Beidou family and 30th in the 3rd-generation series, has undergone technical checks, propellant injection and pre-launch setting at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Southwest China's Sichuan province, the office said in a statement on 14 June, adding that the Long March 3B carrier rocket to lift it to a geostationary orbit will soon be fueled up at the centre. The launch window is set for the 16 June between 10:11 h and 10:50 h (Beijing Time). In the meanwhile, almost 100 front-line workers who helped fight the Coronavirus pandemic in Hubei or assisted overseas or in their hometown arrived at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. They were invited by the China National Space Administration, The China Satellite Navigation Office and the China Aerospace Foundation to attend the launch of the last Beidou 3 satellite. 
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13 June 2020
The Chinese Beidou navigation network will be complete this month when its final satellite goes into orbit, giving China greater independence from U.S.-owned GPS and heating up competition in a sector long dominated by the United States. With estimated investment of $10 billion, Beidou keeps the communications network of the Chinese military secure, avoiding the risk of disruption to GPS in the extreme event of conflict. Weapons targeting and guidance also improves. When complete, Beidou's location services are accurate down to 10 cm in the Asia-Pacific, compared with GPS's 30-cm range.
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02 June 2020
On 2 June 2020, the Deputy Representative of Roscosmos of Russia, Mr. Anton Petrov visited the APSCO Headquarters in Beijing. Ms. Aisha Jagirani, the Director General of the Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs warmly welcomed Mr. Petrov, and made a brief introduction about APSCO and its activities. Mr. Xu Yansong, the Director General of the Department of Program Management and Data Service, recalled the early collaboration between Russia and APSCO, also gave a prospect of cooperative fields in the future. Mr. Anton Petrov recognised the important roles of international organization, and showed the willingness for future cooperation. Both sides exchanged views of common interests.
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13 June 2020
China has revealed the interior layout of the return capsule of its experimental new-generation manned spaceship for the first time. Inside the capsule, the right side of it was for supplies. This time, the capsule carried nearly 1,000 pieces of supplies to verify the spaceship's cargo capacity, making it a trip with the heaviest goods and greatest variety of items in China's space trip history. And on its left side was a living area for astronauts, with a folding table and a toilet. The interior surfaces and fixtures were also in good condition, which shows the split design inside the capsule works.
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