26 October 2016
EXPERTS at a Yorkshire university are to work with counterparts in China on the construction of commercial rockets. A new joint institute has been created to bring together Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST). SAST is a key part of China’s space programme, which includes the development of the Tiangong 3 Space Station, which is set to launch in 2020. The AMRC will work with SAST to develop strong thin-walled structures for commercial rockets. A memorandum of understanding has been signed by Sheffield vice chancellor Prof Sir Keith Burnett and Prof Guang Meng, vice principal of SAST. The collaboration also includes Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
27 October 2016
China's Tiangong-2 space lab has six silkworms for experiments, and some of them have begun to spin cocoons one week after entering space. The silkworms are nestled in a specially made box. The six were selected from 4000 silkworms specially cultivated by scientists.
The astronauts have been tending to them during down time, feeding them mulberry leaves. The experiment was designed by Hong Kong middle school students. Once returned to earth, these cocoons will be compared with others for the way they've spun their cocoons and the quality of silk in a zero-gravity environment.
24 October 2016
In the decade to come Russia will face strong competition from China for the commercial launch of satellites for developing countries, according to Ivan Moiseev, director of the Institute of Space Policy.
"China is trying to expand its space launching services, developing new boosters for different segments of the market," Moiseev told RIA Novosti.
24 October 2016
The Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, welcomes its passengers with a "Space-Time Tunnel" starting 21 October 2016.
The tunnel, built on the road from the airport terminal to the nearest subway, creates special effects with cutting-edge technologies, adding a new feature to the airport and enriching travellers'experiences.