14 August 2018
China's southern island province of Hainan has said it is preparing to launch a series of satellites in the later half of 2019, in two phases, to assist remote sensing coverage. On 14 August, the Sanya Institute of Remote Sensing approved technical plans for three optical satellites in the first phase and one in the second phase. Yang Tianliang, Director of the institute, said the network would be used to provide data services in navigation, fisheries and emergency rescue.
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13 August 2018
Chinese satellite experts are designing a new type of spacecraft that will be capable of moving a de-orbiting satellite back into its intended orbit, thus extending its period of service. The China Academy of Space Technology, part of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said in a statement that its engineers are conducting research and development on the proposed spacecraft that would help bring satellites that have run short on fuel or experienced technical problems back to their designed trajectories.
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28 April 2018 (posted: 14 August)
In an effort to carry out the in-depth development strategy of military-civilian integration and promote the transformation of national defense technologies into civilian services, the Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission has for the first time intensively declassified classified information of 4,038 national defense patents to the public through the PLA’s Weapon and Military Equipment Procurement Information Network.
The classified information publicly disclassified for this time is selected from national defense patents authorised in recent three years, which mainly covers such technical sectors as materials, measurement and testing, radar detection, satellite navigation, and communication technology that can be applied for both military and civilian purposes. The released information includes the title of the invention, patent number, patent holder, international patent classification number, etc.
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14 August 2018
The 6th High-Tech Expo will be held in Mianyang Science and Technology City from 6 to 9 September 2018.
Around 10,000 national and international guests from the industries, inter-ministerial coordination group members of the Mianyang Science and Technology City and representatives of investment and financing institutions will be invited to attend the meeting. This year's expo is themed: “military-civilian integration, technological innovation, openness and cooperation”. The 70,000-square-meter exhibition area is divided into five sections.
A China BeiDou Application Conference will also be organised and industry professionals, scholars and experts in the sector of BeiDou development and application will be invited to exchange ideas on the technology and application of navigation, remote sensing, communications and other satellite systems to promote the sharing and comprehensive utilisation of satellite data.
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26 April 2018 (posted: 14 August)
On 26 April, the Space Project Development Co., Ltd. of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp was established in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province. This company will build up an ecological circle for satellite industry and forge a production force that will produce hundreds of satellites a year through combining advantages of the large-scale satellite manufacturing in the Wuhan National Aerospace Industry Base.
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09 August 2018
China opened its first space cultivation seed research center and laboratory on 9 August in Yangling, in northwestern Shaanxi province. The center is a resource base for space breeding and crop and other seed selection, Securities Times reported. “2018 is the 31th year that China has conducted space breeding experiments. China successfully launched the ninth retrievable satellite which carried crop seeds of pepper, wheat and rice, thus starting China’s space breeding practice on Aug. 5, 1987” said Guo Rui, director of the Yangling Demonstration Garden for Modern Plant Introduction and Breeding.
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