13 September 2021
The 3 topics of this week's reporting by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville are:1) Chinese smartphones and satellite connectivity; 2) a summary of the several provincial space policies and 3) an overview on the two space launches of last week.
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12 September 2021
How hard is it to report about China's space activities? What is the most interesting aspect of it and what keeps Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville going?
To celebrate the 18 months and the 50 consecutive videos of Dongfang Hour, the two space experts decided to make a special episode to discuss the channel itself.
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10 September 2021
Space in Africa reported that as an outcome of an MoU from November 2020 between the Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism and China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the design of the Botswana Meteorological Satellite Transportable Ground System (BMTGS) was completed. The ground station will be able to track a number of meteorological satellites and can receive its data. The components of the BMTGS will be delivered by Chinese company Space Star Technology Co., Ltd (SSTC).
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10 September 2021
"Since its formal commission in July 2020, BDS-3 has maintained steady operation and top-class service performance," said Chen Gucang, Deputy Director of the China Satellite Navigation Office at a news conference on 8 September. Aside from standard navigation, positioning and timing service, the system also offers global and regional short message communication, international search-and-rescue, precise point positioning, satellite based augmentation and ground-based augmentation services, Chen said. In terms of global and regional SMS services, Chen said trials for global SMS service are underway, adding that there are plans to roll out smartphones with built-in regional SMS functions by the end of 2021. China will continue to promote the international development and application of BDS-3
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08 September 2021
On 08 September, the first batch of gamma photon data obtained by the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE - Wukong) was released by the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) and the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO). Wukong's satellite platform and payload have been working normally. It has finished the full-sky scan 11 times and collected about 10.7 billion cases of high-energy cosmic rays, obtaining the most accurate measurement results of cosmic-ray electrons, protons and helium nuclei above the trillion electron volts energy region. The released data were recorded between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018, including 99,864 cases of gamma photon data and 1,096 records of related satellite status files. They can be accessed from the NSSDC and the PMO. More data will be released and NSSDC and PMO will carry out data analysis, and develop application technologies and tools.
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10 September 2021
China successfully launched on board a Long March-3B the new direct broadcast satellite Zhongxing 9B from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 9 September at 19:50 BJT. The new satellite is designed to run for 15 years and will be operated by the China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd., said the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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07 September 2021
On 6 September, the International Research Centre of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was inaugurated in Beijing to support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The centre will be responsible for the development and operation of the SDGSAT-1. The satellite is expected to provide advanced, open and shared data resources for monitoring and evaluating the sustainable development index representing the interaction between human and nature. The satellite has three payloads of thermal infrared, low light level and multispectral imager, with 300 km wide data acquisition capability. It can achieve global coverage within 11 days. SDGSAT-1, has already passed space verification tests.
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