08 November 2017
Breakthrough Starshot has been initiated by Stephen Hawking and Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner and aims to build laser beam-propelled "nanocraft" that can travel at 20 percent of the speed of light and is much faster than today's swiftest spacecraft. "Breakthrough Starshot is an opportunity for man to make early forays into outer space, with a view to probing and weighing the possibilities of colonisation," said Hawking in a video address at Tencent's We Summit, an annual gathering where luminaries share ideas on science and technology.
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07 November 2017
The Long March 2C, China's new generation of carrier rockets, will carry a new aircraft aloft in 2018 and an expert said it is of major significance for China's space development. The new aircraft, a Yuanzheng-1S, is able to carry different types of satellite into orbit. Its design work was finished in March, so it can be used for Sun-synchronous orbital missions next year, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) said on its website.
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06 November 2017
Deng Weiwei felt a sense of loss when he found out his former schoolmates were working on the launch of China's Tiangong-2 space lab, while he could only follow it on social media. It was on April 27, 2017 that Deng abandoned his tenured position as associate professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After giving his last lecture, he finally returned to China after living in the United Sates for 15 years. Deng is among thousands of overseas Chinese talent flooding back to China. In 2016, a total of 432,500 overseas Chinese students and researchers returned. The number first exceeded 100,000 in 2009 when China started its overseas talent introduction plan.
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06 November 2017
Early next year, the uncrewed Chinese space laboratory, Tiangong 1, is expected to re-enter the atmosphere following the end of its operational life, during which most of the laboratory module should burn-up. ESA will host a test campaign to follow the re-entry, which will be conducted by the Inter Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC).
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Tiangong 1 status reports on CMSA website

06 November 2017
China launched two state-of-the-art satellites into space, marking the global network expansion of its Beidou Navigation Satellite System. Beidou will lead the world and outperform the GPS system by around 2020 when Beidou goes global, Chinese space experts said. "Technology has significantly improved the performance of the Beidou-3, with the signal accuracy in space higher than half a meter," said Yang Changfeng, the system's Chief Designer.
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06 November 2017
China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space via a single carrier rocket to support its global navigation and positioning network at 19:45 h on 5 November. The satellites were aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket which took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. This is the first two BeiDou-3 satellites launched by China, as its self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System officially began to expand into a global network.
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