30 March 2018
On 30 March, China sent two satellites into space with a single carrier rocket, adding two more members to its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The Long March-3B carrier rocket lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 1:56 a.m. The launch was the 269th mission for the Long March rocket family. The twin satellites are coded as the 30th and 31st satellites in the BDS.
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26 March 2018
Tiangong 1, China's first space lab, should be fully burn up as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, according to a note by China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) on 26 March.
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28 March: On-Orbit Status Update for Tianggong 1
According to the announcement of China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), on 28 March 2018, Tiangong 1 stayed at an average altitude of about 202.3 km (perigee: 193.9 km; apogee: 210.8 km; inclination: 42.67°). The estimated reentry window is between 31 March and 2 April, Beijing time.
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China's Doomed Space Station Did Some Science Work, Too
27 March 2018
Space Expert Leonard David summarises and analyses Tiangong 1's operational life and highlights which achievements the space lab supported. He also gives a thought-through overview on the facts for the expected re-entry over Easter weekend.
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27 March 2018
China will finish upgrading the world's largest single-dish radio telescope in April to help scientists discover more stellar objects that are unique and farther from Earth, according to a project insider. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, known as FAST, was equiped with more precise and efficient signal receivers, said Liu Oufei, Deputy Chief Engineer of the telescope's receiver and terminal systems.
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25 March 2018
Shenzhou College under China Academy of Space Technology held a ceremony to welcome its first eight foreign students on 19 March, the first time China has admitted foreign students in the aerospace field. The students come from Pakistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Venezuela and Cambodia. After two years' study and oral defense of their thesis, they will receive a Chinese master's degree in aerospace science.
"China's aerospace industry technology is comprehensive especially its satellites for navigation, communication and meteorology, a field in which China can and would like to help other countries cultivate talent," Jiao Weixin, a space science professor at Peking University, told Global Times.
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25 March 2018
CASC space scientists designed and constructed a weather modification test system to bring substantially more rain to the Tibetan plateau, Asia’s biggest freshwater reserve. The system consists of a network of fuel-burning chambers to produce cloud-seeding silver iodide.The chambers’ daily operation will be guided by highly precise real-time data collected from a network of 30 small weather satellites monitoring monsoon activities over the Indian Ocean. CASC signed an agreement with Tsinghua University and Qinghai province on the project. However, it is not clear whether the government will aprove the project, as intercepting the moisture in the skies over Tibet could have a knock-on effect and reduce rainfall in other Chinese regions.
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21 March 2018
Scientists at Fraunhofer FHR in Wachtberg near Bonn have already been monitoring Tiangong 1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA (Tracking and Imaging Radar) system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (WRLageZ) and ESA with their re-entry forecasts. ESA's space operation centre ESOC in Darmstadt has commissioned Fraunhofer FHR to determine and investigate the natural rotation of Tiangong 1. This rotation greatly influences the flight characteristics of the space lab and therefore also influences the time of impact. The space experts at FHR were able to create a spectacular animated version of radar images of Tiangong 1, showing clearly the rotation of the module.
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