16 July 2018
Nearly 10 private rocket firms have been launched in China over the past three years. Among them, i-Space and OneSpace Technology, two startups based in Beijing, have taken leading positions, as each has launched a test rocket developed on their own to verify their designs and equipment. The two have made it clear that they have no intention of grabbing government-funded missions from State-owned space giants, namely China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, but aspire to satiate the huge demand in launch service from newly founded satellite companies, most of which also are privately owned.
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15 July 2018
OneSpace Technologies became the first privately owned firm in China to launch a rocket into suborbital trajectory on 17 May with its OS-X. The 9.14 m rocket flew for 273.5 km to an altitude of 38 km before falling back to Earth. Meanwhile, the company is developing a larger in-orbital OS-M rocket that is slated for its maiden launch by year-end, and already has secured a payload. Three variants of the OS-M are planned: OS-M1, -M2, and -M4, each with differing load and launch performance. The most powerful, OS-M4, can deliver a 446-kg payload into a Sun-synchronous orbit of 800 km, or 588 kg into low-Earth orbit. The OS-X will still be produced for smaller payloads.
OneSpace Technologies can be found in Hall 1 at Stand 1094 of Farnborough Air Show 2018.
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11 July 2018
SpaceNews reported on 11 July about a panel discussion during the 17th Asia Pacific Satellie Conference - APSAT 2018 - in Jakarta, Indonesia. APSAT 2018 was the 17th ASSI’s consecutive annual international conference series on all aspects of the global telecommuncation sector. Yao Fahai, Vice President of China Satcom told the audience that China is following the international trend in building and operating HTS and LEO constellations of satellites.
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12 July 2018
China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has discovered 43 new pulsars so far since its trial operation began in September 2016, the research team announced on 12 July.
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11 July 2018
Xinhua published the personal story of two young space engineers, Wang Lu and Cui Bo, working within the Beidou satellite navigation system for CAST, the China Academy of Space Technology.
Young space engineers like Wang and Cui are the backbone of the system. The average age of the Beidou team in CAST is 36. The youg generation of Chinese space engineers show dedication and motivation to advance China's efforts in space.
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14 July 2018
By the end of September, the commercial space community from China and abroad will meet for the biggest private space conference in Wuhan.
For more details, please, check the official website of the conference:
http://os.casicloud.com/act/ccaf.ht
On the GoTaikonauts! facebook website https://www.facebook.com/go-taikonautscom
you can find the information brochure which was distributed during the UNISPACE+50 space forum in June in Vienna.
For an extensive report about the last year's conference, the 3rd CCAF, please, read the article "Wuhan - China's Centre of the Commercial Universe" in the issue no 21 of our GoTaikonauts! newsletter.