23 May 2017
A fund of 160 million yuan (23.3 million U.S. dollars) was set up on 23 May to help the [further] development of four space science satellites, as well as advanced scientific research. Jointly set up by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Chinese Academy of Sciences, with each side sponsoring half of the investment, the fund will last from 2017 to 2020. The four satellites are the Dark Matter Particle Explorer Satellite, retrievable scientific research satellite SJ-10, a quantum communication satellite and a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite.
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23 May 2017
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has instructed Roscosmos to look into the possibility of developing the International Space Station in cooperation with partners in the BRCIS group (Brazil, India, China and South Africa).
"Yes, I did give such an instruction to Roscosmos to look into the possibility," Rogozin said.
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22 May 2017
The first forum on BeiDou cooperation between China and Arab countries will be held on 24 May in Shanghai, according to China's satellite navigation administrative office. The forum will feature training sessions and an exhibition of the uses of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).
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conference website: The 8th China Satellite Navigation Conference - CSNC 2017
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17 May 2017
China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC), and Indonesia PT. Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS) signed the contract of Indonesia “PALAPA-N1” communication satellite project. Mr. Rudiantara, the minister of Indonesia Ministry of Communications; Mr. Sun Weide, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia; Mr. Yang Baohua, Vice President of CASC and representatives of both parties attended the signing ceremony.
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19 May 2017
Andrew Jones of gbtimes reports today that 'The Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations' sent on 10 May 2017 a 'Notification by China on the future re-entry of Tiangong-1 (international designator 2011-053A)' to the Secretary-General of the UN to announce the re-entry of Tiangong 1 for October 2017 and April 2018. The note states, that China keeps a close track of the decay and will " fulfil its responsibilities in terms of monitoring and making information publicly available... China will also improve its information-reporting mechanisms and will make information on Tiangong-1’s orbital status and other related information available in real time through the website of the China Manned Space Agency (www.cmse.gov.cn) in both Chinese and English. Timely information about important milestones and events during the decay and re-entry phases will be released through the news media."
Link to the PDF file of the note ...
Link to the UNOOSA website with the note ...
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17 May 2017
After building the infrastructure needed to allow China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite (BDS) system to be fully used in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, one company involved in developing the system is now looking to provide the satellite navigation service to more countries along the route taken by "One Belt One Road" initiative.
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