19 Aug 2014
At 11:15 Beijing Time (GMT+8) on August 19, 2014, BRITE-PL”Heweliusz” Satellite of Poland was successfully launched as piggyback payload aboard the LM-4B Launch Vehicle for GF-2 Satellite in Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. This launch is the 37th flight of LM-4 series launchers. It also marks the 191th launch of Long March fleet.
19 August 2014
China successfully launched its most advanced Earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, on 19 August. The Gaofen-2, the country's second high-definition satellite in orbit, took-off from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province at 11:15 a.m. Beijing Time.
12 August 2014
A lunar test orbiter, which will help lay the groundwork for China’s Chang’e-5 mission, has arrived at a launch site in Xichang, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The test orbiter, due to be launched later this year, will be China’s first attempt at returning a lunar probe back to Earth.
08 August 2014
In an interview with Forbes, U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao recalls his first encounter with the Russian space programme which at the end convinced him that international cooperation is the way to go for the future. He points out that the highly valuable experience of the ISS programme can be applied to work together with China - also for the ISS. He advocates the incorporation of the country also because of establishing a redundancy for crew transport to the orbital outpost: "China has a budget and can build their own modules, contribute hardware and time. The technology is good - I’ve seen it. It makes sense to partner with them now for ISS, then eventually for going back to the moon and on to Mars. I think it would help relations between our countries."