17 February 2017
China will launch its most advanced communications satellite in April as it builds a large capacity network that will enable passengers on jetliners and high-speed trains to use the internet. Shijian 13, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, will be lifted on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province. The satellite, which weighs 4.6 metric tons, will stay for 15 years in a geostationary orbit about 36,000 kilometers above Earth, the Academy said.
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13 February 2017
China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft via a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket in April. Consisting of a cargo capsule and a propellant capsule, Tianzhou-1, the first cargo spacecraft independently developed by China, has a take-off weight of about 13 tonnes, up to six tonnes of which is payload. It can remain in space on its own for as long as three months.
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13 February 2017
Ren Xinmin, a scientist whose dedication and expertise propelled China's aerospace industry onto the world stage, died on Sunday afternoon in Beijing. He was 102. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the country's major space contractor, announced his death. Ren was a famed expert in missile and rocket technologies who helped build China's first artificial satellite. Alongside Tu Shou'e, Huang Weilu and Liao Shounie, he was regarded as one of the "Four Elders of China's Aerospace", only exceeded by the founder of China's aerospace industry, Qian Xuesen.
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10 February 2017
China is set to launch its first remote-sensing satellite capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground at night. The satellite, to be launched this year, will be capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground within its designated observation area, such as bridges over the Yangtze River, Li, a professor of remote-sensing surveys at the university and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said.
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14 February 2017
The five-nation group of BRICS will share spatial data on natural resources from their remote-sensing satellites for utilising space assets optimally, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Director M. Annadurai at an international seminar on aerospace technologies in Bangalore on 13 February.  "Space agencies of BRICS have agreed to share and exchange data, including images of natural resources from our remote-sensing satellites for mutual benefit," he said. Going forward, the space agencies of the BRICS nations plan to share similar data for tele-education, tele-medicine and a host of societal applications, utilising the excess capacity of their respective satellites for their mutual benefit.
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30 January 2017
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, Vice Director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid exploration, and a fly-by of the Jupiter system.
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