03 September 2021
The Fengyun 3E weather satellite has captured its first test pictures of the Sun, offering improved assistance in predicting solar activities and their impact on Earth and space weather. The satellite's imaging sensor, the first of its kind, can capture images of hot gases in the Sun's outer atmosphere with X-rays, while extreme ultraviolet images show the Sun's dark bars at a lower temperature. Combining the two images can predict solar eruptions more effectively
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01 September 2021
The life support systems, which regenerate air, water and other supporting resources, are crucial for the sustainable operation of China's space station. There are 5 such systems at the space station. One is for gas regeneration and purification, including the removal of carbon dioxide and harmful gases. Others include water electrolysis to make oxygen, urine treatment, the collection of condensate water and water treatment.
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31 August 2021
Long Lehao, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chief Designer of Long March rockets gave a talk at the 35th China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest. He showed a manned lunar landing plan, which is expected to be carried out with two rocket launches by sending two taikonauts to the Moon by around 2030. The launcher is a new variant of the Long March 5 - the CZ-5 DY. One launch brings the lunar lander and the other one a next-generation manned spaceship into the vicinity of the Moon. During the upcoming Zhuhai Airshow, a special press release on this topic will be released.
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30 August 2021
This week, Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville discuss the turbulence in the space relations between the US and China. They also touch upon the recent two launches and on the China Natural Science Foundation, which published the “Guidelines for the 14th Five-Year Plan first batch of projects” including hints at research on a 1-km long super Space Station.
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31 August 2021
Per 30 August, Zhurong has spent 100 days on Mars and explored 1,064 m across the planet's surface. From mid-September until early November, the Zhurong rover and the Tianwen 1 orbiter will switch to stand-by mode. Because of the alignment of the Sun with Earth and Mars, the probes will experience high level of electromagnetic solar radiation. Additionally, the distance between Mars and Earth will be at its maximum. These conditions will make communication between the probes and ground stations difficult.
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25 August 2021
China has initiated a project of building a constellation of 36 low-orbit satellites to collect data for forecasting natural disasters and monitoring urban emergencies.
The project undertaken by the Tianjin Satcom Geohe Technologies Co., Ltd. was inaugurated on 24 August in China's spacecraft launch center of Wenchang.
The first satellite will be launched and commissioned in space in June 2022. All 36 satellites will have been launched by the end of May in 2023 to complete the constellation.
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