21 March 2018
Scientists at Fraunhofer FHR in Wachtberg near Bonn have already been monitoring Tiangong 1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA (Tracking and Imaging Radar) system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (WRLageZ) and ESA with their re-entry forecasts. ESA's space operation centre ESOC in Darmstadt has commissioned Fraunhofer FHR to determine and investigate the natural rotation of Tiangong 1. This rotation greatly influences the flight characteristics of the space lab and therefore also influences the time of impact. The space experts at FHR were able to create a spectacular animated version of radar images of Tiangong 1, showing clearly the rotation of the module.
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25 March 2018
An exhibition focusing on China's Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) kicked off on 24 March in the northern Swiss city of Basel, highlighting some of the magnificent achievements of China's aerospace industry. As part of the ongoing Baselworld 2018 Show, the exhibition was presented jointly by China's Chang'E Aerospace Technology (Beijing) LLC and TAG Heuer, the avant-garde Swiss watchmaker, strategic partner and official timekeeper of CLEP.
Zuo Wei, Deputy Chief Designer of CLEP Ground Application System confirms launch of the Chang'e 4 relay satellite in May 2018 and the launch of Chang'e 5 mission in 2019. 
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25 March 2018
Since 2011, Shanghai is the site of a unique national space attraction: on 11 December 2011, the 100th anniversary of the birth of China’s “Father of Missile and Space Programme”, Qian Xuesen, the “Qian Xuesen Library and Museum” opened its doors. Located on the grounds of the ‘old’ campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the modern building with striking architectural features hosts the exhibition “Qian Xuesen - Scientist of the People”. It shows an extensive review of Qian Xuesen’s life through unique documents, hardware exhibits, materials and personal items. The museum is an inviting place for everybody who is interested and offering an educational experience with the library and conference facilities providing an inspirational study place. And: it is free of charge.
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20 March 2018
China plans to launch the Long March-5B carrier rocket for the first time around June next year, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CAST) on 19 March. The new generation of carrier rocket, the Long March-5B, has entered the model testing phase in preparation for China’s space station missions. During the test phase, the core module of the space station will be fully equipped and assembled and other related large-scale joint tests on the ground will be implemented step by step.
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22 March 2018
Kuang-Chi Science LTD and NanoRacks LLC announced a partnership to cooperate on Kuang-Chi’s Near Space helium spacecraft the ‘Traveler'. Kuang-Chi’s Traveler uses high-altitude helium buoyancy to gently transport people and payloads into Near Space, 25 km above the Earth. Kuang-Chi and NanoRacks seek to cooperate to establish the Traveler as a commercially viable solution from a number of locations in China and worldwide.
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19 March 2018
China plans to develop micro solid-propellant carrier rockets for commercial use to meet growing needs for launching micro-nano satellites.
China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) said that its subsidiary company, China Rocket, was in the process of appraising the plan.
"The micro rockets will be developed with strong ability, high precision, low cost and a short launch preparation cycle," according to a CALT online statement.
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Jeff Foust reports for SpaceNews about a panel discussion at the Satellite 2018 conference in Washington where the implications on the market and the price developments caused by new Chinese launch services were disussed. read: "Smallsat launch providers face pricing pressure from Chinese vehicles"
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