30 October 2018
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian astronaut, hopes the government can send out the next angkasawan to the final frontier by 2030 with the help of China. He added that it would be possible if Malaysia were to cooperate with China’s astronauts to develop a programme for that, Malay daily Sinar Harian reported on its website. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar also offered his help to facilitate a bilateral programme: “My relationship is good with the Chinese astronauts, especially its first astronaut. And I received many invitations from China as well.”
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30 October 2018
China's first space router has been successfully launched together with the HY-2B marine satellite atop the Long March-4B carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. The space router, designed and manufactured by the National University of Defense Technology, has already entered orbit. The router is one of the core requirements needed to build a "space-ground integrated information network," in a bid to provide Internet services for different users, as nearly half of people across the globe are yet to have Internet access, hindered by deserts, mountains, oceans or other natural environments.
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30 October 2018
As China's private aerospace firms take inspiration from SpaceX, China's electric vehicle (EV) start-ups aim to repeat the success story of Tesla Inc. As start-ups making EVs have run into troubles lately, some fear the nation's aerospace firms will take a similar track. The Global Times interviewed industry insiders who said the two groups of firms face a different future.
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29 October 2018
On board the launch with CFOSAT were seven piggyback satellites for the international and domestic customers who have contracted with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). The piggyback payloads included BSUSat-1 satellite of Belarusian State University and 6 scientific experimental satellites and technology verification satellites from domestic space companies. The agreement between the Belarusian State University and the China Great Wall Industry Corporation for launching BSUSat-1 was signed on 7 February this year. Additionally, "The SpaceTY Four" - an innovative set of cubesats hitched a ride with CFOSat. The other two satellites were IT and technology testing satellites with so far unclear ownership.
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29 October 2018
Taikonaut Chen Dong talks about his space experience: "Some people say that robots might eventually replace astronauts in space, but I want to stress that nobody should underestimate the human capacity. For future space station missions, the systems used will be extremely complicated and malfunctions will be inevitable. Therefore, human astronauts must be flexible and make quick decisions, as was the case during our repairs in orbit. In terms of dealing with emergencies and adjusting to changing circumstances, humans still have an edge over machines.
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29 October 2018
China sent an ocean-observing satellite successfully into space on 29 October, a joint mission pursued under close Sino-French space cooperation that will enable scientists to study, for the first time, ocean surface winds and waves simultaneously. The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat), atop a Long March-2C carrier rocket, took off at 8:43 a.m. from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in northwest China's Gobi Desert, and entered a sun-synchronous orbit 520 km above the Earth. Jointly developed by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, the French space agency, the satellite will conduct 24-hour observations of global wave spectrum, effective wave height, and ocean surface wind field, said Zhao Jian, a senior official with CNSA.
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link to AFP news "China, France launch satellite to study climate change"
CNES CFOSat programme website
"The SpaceTY Four" - an innovative set of cubesats hitched a ride with CFOSat
On board of CZ-2C were the "SpaceTY Four", a set of four cubesats, developed by SpaceTY, the Tianyi Satellite Research Institute. Xiaoxiang-1-02 TY1-02; Xinghe TY1-03; Tongchuan-1 TY1-04; Changsha Zergling TY4-01. On 29 October, at 22:00 h BJT, SpaceTY confirmed that the "SpaceTY Four" had established a stable telemetry and were in good health.
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