18 December 2021
China has provided its Fengyun meteorological satellite data to 121 countries and regions, including 85 along the Belt and Road according to the China Meteorological Administration. CMA has also offered technical training to over 1,400 professionals from 92 countries and regions. Providing users at home and abroad with free access to data in real time, the Fengyun satellites have played an important role in weather forecast, natural disaster response, and ecological and environmental governance in relevant countries and regions. Global users will enjoy the same treatment in data access as their Chinese counterparts.
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17 December 2021
On 17 December, the State Council Information Office held a news conference in Beijing to inform about China's manned space programme. Dong Nengli, Head of CMSA's Technology Bureau said that space programme planners and engineers are researching the roadmap and technologies for a manned Moon landing. "The results of their work will be seen in due course. Our astronauts will definitely touch down on the moon," he told reporters.
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17 December 2021
The 1st flight of the Huayi 1 suborbital rocket took place on 17 December at 14:30 h at a testing field in northwestern China, carrying the Agile Testbed experimental satellite and the biological experimental payload Sparkle 1 to an altitude of 250 km. The rocket was build by Huayi Spacetime, a startup in Shaanxi province that develops both suborbital and orbital rockets. Agile Testbed was manufactured by Cosats in 3D printing technology. The Agile Testbed provides a microgravity platform for space-based experiments from a wide range of businesses such as biological research and development of new medicines and materials.
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14 December 2021
The new data relay satellite Tianlian 2-02 satellite was launched on 14 December at 0:09 BJT by a CZ-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. Developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Tianlian 2-02 is China's 2nd-generation data relay satellite, which will be tasked with relaying data for spacecrafts, space labs, and the CSS. It will also offer data relay services for LEO and MEO satellites and will be used to track and monitor spacecraft launches. The satellite has enhanced capability to serve multiple users and can better work in different orbital positions.
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15 December 2021
The launch of a pair of GeeSAT commercial satellites, carried by a Kuaizhou 1A carrier rocket, was unsuccessful, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre said in a statement on 15 December. The KZ-1A lifted off at 10:00 BJT but abnormal performance was detected during the flight of the rocket. The cause of the failure is under investigation.
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13 December 2021
This week, the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup focuses entirely on commercial launch provider Galactic Energy. Jean Deville and Blaine Curcio give an overview on the 2nd successful launch of the Ceres 1 rocket and explain in detail the payloads on that launch.
Highly interesting is the interview with Galactic Energy Systems Engineer, Liu Hong - a must see!
And if you like to support Jean and Blaine, maybe you would like to buy them a coffee? www.buymeacoffee.com/dongfanghour
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