18 May 2021
By the end of 2020, the overall value of satellite-enabled navigation and positioning services in China was 403.3 billion RMB (62.8 billion USD), with a 16.9 % increase year-on-year, according to the 2021 White Paper on the Development of China's Satellite Navigation and Positioning Industries, compiled by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-Based Services Association of China. The paper, published on 18 May, states that chips, equipment, software, data and infrastructure businesses saw an 11 % increase compared with 2019.
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16 May 2021
On 16 May, the Tianzhou 2 cargo spacecraft and the CZ-7 carrier rocket have been transported to the launching area of the Wenchang Space Launch Site on Hainan Island. The facilities and equipment at the launch site are in good condition, while various pre-launch function checks and joint tests will be carried out as planned.
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17 May 2021
This week, Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog talk us through the landing sequence of the Tianwen/Zhurong mission - a must watch! Also, the two experts have a closer look at the agreement between Galactic Energy and China Huateng Group to develop international launch opportunities. They explain at iSpace's fuel tank test and that CGWIC openedĀ an office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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16 May 2021
The lander will conduct ground detection at a fixed location, and Zhurong will rove the planet to explore multiple sites during its lifespan of at least 90 Martian days, or 92 days on Earth. Zhang Rongqiao, Chief Designer of China's Mars Exploration Mission, said the rover's 3-month lifespan is "a result of comprehensive consideration." He said the rover will collect all the data they need in the firstĀ 3 months, with all the payloads on and convey the data to Earth via the orbiter for relay transmission.
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