27 December 2016
China aims to become a space power, according to a White Paper on the nation's space activities issued on 27 December. The White Paper, titled "China's Space Activities in 2016," was the fourth White Paper on the country's space activities issued by the State Council Information Office, following the previous three in 2000, 2006 and 2011. "The White Paper sets out our vision of China as a space power, independently researching, innovating, discovering and training specialist personnel," said Wu Yanhua, Deputy Head of the China National Space Administration at a press conference.
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full text of the document: China's Space Activities in 2016

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The White Paper summarised in an infographic

28 December 2016
China launched a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province on 28 December. The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, blasted off at 11:23 a.m. Beijing time on the back of a Long March 2D rocket, according to the center. They are able to provide commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution.
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Chinese Earth observation satellites launched into lower-than-planned orbit
28 December 2016
Two commercial Earth-imaging satellites launched by a Chinese Long March 2D booster Wednesday are flying in lower-than-planned orbits after an apparent rocket mishap, according to tracking data published by the U.S. military.
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New Amateur Radio FM Transponder CubeSat Now in Space
29 December 2016
The BY70-1 CubeSat launched on 28 December from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center in China, but in a lower orbit than intended. The satellite carries an Amateur Radio FM transponder. BY70-1 was intended to go into a 530-kilometer (approximately 329-mile) circular Sun-synchronous orbit, but it appears the orbit is 524 × 212 kilometers, which will give the spacecraft an orbital lifetime of just a month or two.
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28 December 2016
Chinese President Xi Jinping has praised a group of middle school students for their efforts in satellite design and said he was pleased with their passion and bravery in scientific exploration. Xi made the remarks in a letter written to the students from Beijing's Bayi School, Xi's previous alma mater, on 24 December. A small satellite designed and developed by them was launched on 28 December. The satellite is designed to operate in orbit for 180 days.
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26 December 2016
Two astronauts of the Shenzhou-11 spaceflight mission were awarded medals for their service to China's space endeavors. Jing Haipeng, 50, commander of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, was honored with a first-class aerospace achievement medal, and Chen Dong, 38, was conferred a third-class medal and the honorary title "heroic astronaut."
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27 December 2016
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Yanhua, Vice Director of the China National Space Administration. Wu told a press conference on 27 December that work on the Chang'e-5 lunar mission, scheduled to make a soft landing on the Moon and return to Earth by the end of next year, is proceeding smoothly. Asked about private capital in the space industry, Wu said commercial space projects are open to private investment, including foreign capital.
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22 December 2016
China launched a carbon dioxide monitoring satellite via a Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest Gobi Desert at 3:22 a.m. on 22 December. China is the third country after Japan and the United States to monitor greenhouse gases through its own satellite. The 620-kg satellite TanSat was sent into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kilometers above the Earth and will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, said Yin Zengshan, Chief Designer of TanSat at the Chinese Academy of Sciences micro-satellite research institute.
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