21 January 2018
As Hollywood blockbusters continue to hit the screens in China since the start of the year, a Russian space film has quietly entered cinemas and received immediate praise. Released on the Chinese mainland on Jan. 12, "Salyut-7" tells the true story of two cosmonauts sent to investigate and repair the unmanned USSR station Salyut-7, which lost connection with ground control after nearly three years in service.
Despite underwhelming box office sales of 11.82 million yuan (1.85 million U.S. dollars) as of Friday due to limited screenings, the film was rated 7.7 on Chinese film rating platform Douban, higher than most other recently released movies. Many of the over 13,000 users who left ratings compared the film with Hollywood space films, and commented on its unique value.
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20 January 2018
Technical details of an intercontinental videoconference by the "unhackable" quantum-secured real-world communication last year were published in Physical Review Letters on 19 January. Researchers from two countries have performed quantum key distribution between China's quantum-science satellite Micius and ground stations located in Xinglong County near Beijing and Graz near Vienna. The videoconference lasted for 75 minutes with a total data transmission of 2 gigabits, the paper shows.
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19 January 2018
China launched two high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on 19 January at 12:12 h Beijing Time. The two commercial satellites, Jilin-1 Video 07 and 08, were independently developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd., and will provide remote sensing data and products for government and industry users in conjunction with the eight previously launched Jilin-1 satellites.
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16 January 2018
Cai Xiaoru, Forbes listed young billionaire of mainland China, has signed the partnership agreement and committed to invest $ 30 million into SriLankan satellite company SupremeSAT through his Shenzhen listed company Tatwah Smartech. The agreement signing was concluded in Colombo, paving the way for Sri Lanka’s only satellite company to go global using the expertise and resources of the new-found investment. The partnership with TatwahSmartec and the visiting young billionaire is set to boost SupremeSAT’s capabilities and resources further in a big way, making Sri Lanka proud in the global space arena.
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19 January 2018
Skyland Future Science & Technology Museum is China’s first immersive future experience science space which is created by Shenzhen SEG-Skyland Technology Co.,Ltd. or SEG-Skyland with the help of digital technology, artificial intelligence, VR/MR and other frontier technologies. By exploring science with art and presenting art with science, Skyland Future Science & Technology Museum aims to be the best place in the world for teenagers from China to enjoy and comprehend science and art. Skyland Future Science & Technology Museum, China’s first immersive future experience science space, will open at Loft D, Upper Hills, Futian, Shenzhen on 6 February 2018.
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18 January 2018
Financial Times reports that Great Wall Industry it talking with NPO Energomash about the procurement of RD-180 engines, preferably as a licence or the full technology. Financial Times reports: "Energomash’s engine, the RD-180, is so highly rated that it is used by the US for its own satellite launches - a curious exception to Washington’s sanctions on Russia implemented following the 2014 invasion of Crimea."
Despite Russia's scepticism on the request for the procurement of the engine production technology, the talks do confirm the deepening ties between Russia and China.
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