07 February 2018
Chinese taikonauts have "maintained an indomitable spirit while carrying out space exploration," said Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, on 7 February. Zhang made the remarks at a seminar while listening to reports delivered by Chinese taikonauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Yang and Deng Qingming about their work over the years. Zhang called on the military and the armed forces to learn from taikonauts.
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06 February 2018
The first fully assembled dish for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope was unveiled on 06 February in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province. The SKA, an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope using arrays in Australia and South Africa, is not a single telescope, but a collection of telescopes or instruments, called an array, to be spread over long distances. After completion, the SKA will detect faint radio waves from deep space with a sensitivity about 50 times greater than that of the Hubble telescope. Individual radio telescopes will be linked to create a total collecting area of about 1 million square meters.
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Guizhou applies to set up SKA Asian center
07 February 2018
Southwest China's Guizhou Province, home to the world's largest single-dish radio telescope FAST, will apply to build an Asian center for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) this year. An array is a collection of telescopes and instruments spread over a wide area, working in concert with one another. The SKA is an international effort by 20 countries, including China, to build the world's largest radio telescope using arrays. Australia and South Africa have already started work on their arrays. Construction of the SKA proper is expected to begin this year with observations commencing in 2020.
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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
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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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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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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