02 October 2018
Chinese space tracking ship the Yuanwang-3 departed on 2 October to carry out four maritime space monitoring and communication missions for the BeiDou-3 and other satellites. The missions will be conducted in the Pacific Ocean.
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02 October 2018
Zhang Kejian, administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced on 01 October at the International Astronautical Congress in Germany that the Chang'e-6 moon lander, which is two generations ahead of the current Chang'e-4, will be so large that it can provide 10 kilograms of weight for foreign payloads. Zhang also reaffirmed that the Chang'e-4 will launch on its mission to the far side of the moon in December 2018.
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01 October 2018
CNSA administrator Zhang Kejian and his US counterpart, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chief Jim Bridenstine, both indicated they'd be interested in bilateral cooperation despite increased competition between their two countries. During a panel discussion at the 69th International Astronautical Conference on October 1, Zhang said, "CNSA is willing to join our hands with other international partners for the benefit of human civilization and progress of human society," Space News reported. He later specified NASA as such a partner in a follow-up question.
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29 September 2018
China launched its Centispace-1-s1 satellite on a Kuaizhou-1A rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:13 p.m. on 29 September. This is the second commercial launch by the Kuaizhou-1A rocket. The first launch in January 2017 sent three satellites into space. The Kuaizhou-1A was developed by a rocket technology company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). It is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short preparation period, designed to launch low-orbit satellites weighing under 300 kg.
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30 September 2018
Two commercial rockets developed by Chinese private companies completed launch missions at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Northwest China's Gansu Province, in early September, which experts said is a concrete measure toward implementing the strategy of military-civilian integration. It is the first time that domestic private aerospace companies have launched rockets at a national launch center since it opened in 1958.
"The launch of private commercial rockets from the center is a concrete embodiment of the commercialization of China's aerospace industry, demonstrating the future strategy of our country's space development," the Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday, citing Jia Lide, director from a planning department under the center.
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28 September 2018
Russia and China have signed a protocol on cooperation in the space rocket and engine manufacturing, as well as lunar exploration projects, the website of the Roscosmos corporation stated. The space cooperation sub-commission of the Russia-China commission for preparations for regular meetings of heads of government met on 28 September for the 19th working meeting, this time in Beijing.
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ROSCOSMOS press release in Russian language
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ROSCOSMOS press release in Russian language on the 19th Session of the Sub-Committee on Space Cooperation of the Russia-China Intergovernmental Committee
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02 October 2018
CEO of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Russia’s TV Channel One: "China is a serious partner. I don’t rule out that as soon as we agree the outlines of our lunar program with the Americans, it is our manned lunar program, the formation of a research station on Moon’s surface is likely to be carried out with our Chinese partners. They can be equal partners already in the coming years."
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