17 January 2022
This week, Jean Deville and Blaine Curcio discuss how the Chinese Space Station handles space debris and they take a retrospective look at 2021 rounds of funding in China's commercial space sector. More news can be found in their weekly newsletter.
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17 January 2022
China launched a CZ-2D carrier rocket on 17 January at 10:35 BJT, kicking off the country's space programme for 2022. The rocket took off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China's Shanxi province and placed the Shiyan 13 experimental satellite in its preset orbit. CASC said the mission marked the beginning of its schedule of space missions in 2022, which is expected to include more than 40 launch activities.
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09 January 2022
China commissioned a pile-driving barge equipped with the Beidou Satellite Navigation System, which will be used in navigation during voyages, accurate positioning during operations, and sending messages where there is no 4G signal. A linkage between the Beidou system and the electrical auxiliary propulsion system also achieves a function similar to autonomous driving in a car. Within a certain range, the ship can adjust its position automatically by setting coordinates, which improves efficiency and saves fuels.
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09 January 2022
This week, Jean Deville and Blaine Curcio are taking up 2 main topics: They explain the test of the module transfer capabilities of the CSS robotic arm and they give some insights into the new startup HiStarlink, which is developing laser communication technology.
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10 January 2022
In October 2019, researchers at CALT were tasked with designing the country's first homegrown racing bobsled. None of the rocket scientists had ever seen a real sled. They started with only a technical manual and two old models purchased from abroad, which were not allowed to be disassembled. After weeks of study, they found that the rocketry aerodynamics and structural design can be adapted to help the sled's body minimize air resistance. They chose carbon fiber composite, a lightweight material that has been used in the rocket nose cones, as the sled's surface material.
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08 January 2022
On 8 January, a science team led by Honglei Lin from the Key Laboratory of Earth and Planetary Physics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics in Beijing, published their finding from the analysis of in-situ data of the Chang'e 5 lander in the science journal Science Advances. The scientists were looking for the signature of water in the reflectance spectra from the lunar regolith and a specific rock at the Chang’e 5 landing site.
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link to the publication "In-situ detection of water on the Moon by the Chang'e-5 lander"