27 January 2018
China plans to launch 60 Jilin-1 video satellites by 2020, the satellite developer said at the ongoing legislative session of northeast China's Jilin Province. The high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites were independently developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. for commercial use. Currently, China has launched 10 Jilin-1 satellites into space.
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26 January 2018
Two men and two women volunteered and spent 200 days in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a world record for the longest stay in a self-contained "cabin." The biomedicine students from Beihang University, the second group of volunteers staying in Yuegong 1, also known as Lunar Palace 1, completed the second phase of its 365-day on-ground experiment on 26 January.
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25 January 2018
China launched a series of Yaogan 30 remote sensing satellites at 1:39 p.m. (Beijing Time) 25 January on a Long March-2C carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. NanoSat 1A was also sent into space along with the Yaogan 30 satellites. The satellites have successfully entered their preset orbit. They will conduct electromagnetic environmental probes and other experiments.
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25 January 2018
China honored a group of taikonauts on 25 January with the title the "role models of our times." The Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee granted medals and certificates of honor to all members of the Taikonaut Corps of the People's Liberation Army, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
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24 January 2018
China has accomplished its first successful Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR), with a 1.2-meter telescope laser ranging system. Based on the signals of laser pulses reflected by the lunar retro-reflector planted by the U.S. manned mission Apollo 15, the applied astronomy group from the Yunnan Observatories measured the distance between the Apollo 15 retro-reflector and the Yunnan Observatories ground station to be 385,823.433 km to 387,119.600 km, from 9:25 p.m. to 10:31 p.m. Beijing Time, on 22 January 2018.
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24 January 2018
Shijian-13, China's first high-throughput communication satellite, has been put into service after completing a key laser communication test, China National Space Administration said 23 January. The high-orbit satellite has finished a two-way high-speed laser communication test between the satellite and ground, the first of its kind in the world, the administration said in a statement. Serving users in China, the satellite will connect communication base stations in remote areas and meet the needs of distance education, digital news gathering, and emergency communication, said Li Feng, chief satellite designer at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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