06 February 2018
China has started publishing the world's first big data journal on Earth sciences, the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on 6 February. The journal, titled Big Earth Data, publishes research papers on big data related to the Earth and encourages authors to store and share the data with the public. Big data on the Earth is a new area of geoscience and information science and a new tool for understanding the Earth.
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02 February 2018
With more private firms and investors entering the commercial aerospace industry in China over the past three years, the sector, which is currently focused on satellites and rockets, is set to realize enormous value in the near future. In 2014, the State Council, China's cabinet, formally announced it would allow private companies to research, manufacture and launch as well as operate commercial satellites, which prompted a batch of Chinese entrepreneurs to excitedly pitch some ideas in the industry.
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02 February 2018
On 2 February, China launched its first seismo-electromagnetic satellite to study seismic precursors, which might help establish a ground-space earthquake monitoring and forecasting network in the future. A Long March-2D rocket launched at 15:51 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in northwest China's Gobi Desert, carried the 730-kilogram China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometers.
Known as Zhangheng 1 in Chinese, it will help scientists monitor the electromagnetic field, ionospheric plasma and high-energy particles for an expected mission life of five years, said Zhao Jian, a senior official with China National Space Administration (CNSA).
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related: China launches first shared education satellite
02 February 2018
China's first shared education satellite, Young Pioneer 1, launched into space as a piggy-back payload for the launch of Zhangheng 1. Young Pioneer 1 was manufactured and tested by Commsat, a Beijing-based private satellite company funded by the Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). It will perform wireless storage and transmission of radio waves at UV frequency, space imaging and the verification of user links to the Internet of Things, said Xie Tao, founder and CEO of Commsat.
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31 January 2018
On 31 Januar, the Chinese government announced a plan to increase support for basic science, aiming for China to lead the world in science and innovation in about 30 years. The government will improve planning for basic research, build more high-quality state laboratories, train young talent, boost international exchanges, and increase funding from more sources, according to a guideline issued by the State Council. More support will be provided for key basic subjects such as mathematics and physics, as well as cutting-edge research in basic science, involving universe evolution, the origin of life, brain science and cognition, quantum science and deep-ocean science.
In terms of foreign cooperation, the guideline said the government would organize more international collaboration projects in key research, open national research and development programs to foreign participants, and implement science and innovation action plans under the Belt and Road Initiative.
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31 January 2018
China's dark matter detection satellite, "Wukong", is operating normally, a month after a computer malfunction in late 2017, experts said. On the night of 29 December, the DAMPE team discovered abnormalities with the satellite's high-voltage power supply, which caused data transmission to fall to low levels. "It was highly possible that a computer reset itself due to the impact of high-energy particles," said scientist Chang Jin. "Urgent repairs were required."
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30 January 2018
China Central Television (CCTV) has released rare footage showing Chinese engineers building the main parts of the nation's first space station. The fifth episode of the documentary series "China Reinvents Itself" introduces how China is going to build its own space station, as well as the core details of the space station. The plan is to launch the core module, "Tianhe 1," sometime in 2018. Construction on the space station is expected to be finished around 2022.
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