06 November 2018
On November 6, 2018, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (“CGWIC”), which is a subsidiary company of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation, and APT Mobile SatCom (HK) Limited (“APSATCOM”) and APT Satellite Company Limited (“APT (HK)”) formally held the Signing Ceremony of “Letter of Intent in APSTAR SMALL GEO Communication Satellites System”(“Letter of Intent”). President of APSATCOM Mr. Li Jie, Vice President of APT (HK) Mr. Chen Xun and Vice President of CGWIC Mr. Fu Zhiheng completed the Letter of Intent signing.
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27 November 2018
The plaque for astronomical science popularization base was unveiled at the Ngari Observatory in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on 27 November. The base, which stands 5,100 meters above the sea level, is designed to be a unique center for astronomical science popularization and education by taking advantage of the Ngari Observatory's fine conditions for observation and its research and innovative capacity. It is the only plateau astronomical science popularizing base in the country.
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25 November 2018
Having sent two satellites into space within 100 days after its establishment, a young Chinese commercial space firm is preparing for a new launch in December. Supported by the local government, the Chengdu GuoXing Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd. was set up in the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province in May. It has developed two experimental satellites integrated with AI technology.
"The AI technology could give the satellite a stronger capability of automatic data analysis," said Zhao Hongjie, vice president of the startup firm.
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23 November 2018
China will expand the application of its home-grown BeiDou navigation system to cover all transportation fields, according to an official from the Ministry of Transport (MOT). Over the past few years, over 6.17 million domestic vehicles nationwide and 35,000 vehicles of postal services or courier companies have installed or become compatible with the BeiDou navigation system, according to MOT spokesperson Wu Chungeng. The navigation system has also been installed in 80,000 buses, 370 ships and the country's domestically-manufactured commercial airplanes.
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23 November 2018
China has validated multiple key technologies in large spacecraft recovery, extending the recovery weight to more than seven tonnes, said the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) on 23 November. Chinese scientists have conducted tests of multiple key technologies in the manned space flight field, including the country's first airdrop tests of the large group parachute system and heavy landing buffer system, said CAST under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
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23 November 2018
The sixth satellite jointly built by China and Brazil is scheduled to be launched next year, said space authorities from the two countries.
The Earth-observation satellite - designated CBERS-04A - will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit, always facing the sun 628 kilometers above the Earth's surface. Its cameras will photograph the ground, the China National Space Administration said in a statement. The satellite will be able to produce pictures covering 90 km, with high resolution. It will be capable of transmitting images to ground control in real time, the statement said.
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