20 July 2017
A new Chinese experiment showed in early July that quantum teleportation works between the ground and space. The experiment was performed using the Chinese quantum research satellite QUESS-Micius launched in 2016. It worked at a distance of 1,400 kilometers, many times as far as the previous teleportation record. A quantum physicist says the experiment is “profound” in that it could help lead to supersecure, superfast quantum internet. No people or things were teleported, only properties of photons – or particles of light – using a physics theory called quantum mechanics. The experiment was a proof of concept.
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27 July 217
Eminent space scientist G. Madhavan Nair on 27 July said he was hopeful of a joint space programme between India and China.
"We have attempted many times space programme with China but so far we have not succeeded. However, I hope it happens in the near future," the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said after delivering the second lecture of the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Lecture Series organised by the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong.
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26 July 2017
Nature Magazine published an overview article on China's achievements and ambitions in space science: "With major spaceflight milestones behind it, China is working to build an international reputation for space science."
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26 July 2017
China will select its third group of astronauts this year, Yang Liwei, Deputy Director of China Manned Space Engineering Office said on 26 July.
The first and second astronaut groups were all previously airforce pilots. However, the selection of the third group will also include engineers who will be responsible for maintenance, assembly and other tasks, Yang, China's first astronaut, said at the opening ceremony of the country's inaugural astronaut photography exhibition. Photos taken by astronauts from different periods reflect the development of China's space exploration, he said.
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25 July  2017
Space News reports that U.S. regulators have not agreed to the planned joint venture between satellite connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment based in California, and Beijing Shareco Technologies of China.
The deal would have enabled Global Eagle to deliver in-flight entertainment and connectivity services to airlines within the China HNA-group. Space News wrote that Global Eagle would have been granted "the ability to sell antennas, network services and other equipment to HNA aircrafts on an exclusive basis."
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26 July 2017
China will establish its first Mars simulation base in Northwest China's Qinghai Province to promote space and science education as well as to stimulate local tourism. The base will be located in the red cliff region of the Qaidam Basin in the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. "Haixi prefecture, which is covered by over 95,000 square kilometers of desert, has China's largest Yardang landform. The geographic conditions, and natural environment are similar to those on Mars," Wang Jingzhai, the prefecture's deputy Party chief was quoted by the China News Service as saying.
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