20 June 2016
Russia and China plan to sign an agreement on protection of intellectual property in the sphere of rocket and space technology during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China in late June. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on 20 June after a meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission for preparing regular meetings of the government heads that China is interested in buying Russia’s RD-180 engines, and Russia - in getting Chinese micro radio electronics for space purposes.
19 June 2016
China's fourth space launch center at Wenchang in Hainan Province, plans eight launch viewing areas for space fans to observe its maiden launch mission. The Wenchang tourism department said that the city can only provide accommodation for 80,000 tourists and suggested tourists avoid the maiden launch, as there will be more space launches afterwards. By Sunday, all hotels were booked out. Components of China's new generation of carrier rocket Long March-7 arrived in Wenchang in May for the planned launch before the end of June.
17 June 2016
On 17 June, four Chinese volunteers started a 180-day living experiment in a sealed space capsule in south China's Shenzhen City, which will test technologies that will support China's deep-space exploration projects. Scientists hope the experiment will cast light on how oxygen, water and food can be used and recycled under controlled conditions. The project has been designed to test the "controlled ecological life support system," which is inspired by technologies used on China's Shenzhou spacecraft.
16 June 2016
The Chinese government on 16 June released a white paper elaborating on the development of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), which has been independently developed and operated by China. According to the document, China has formulated a three-step strategy for developing the BDS, aiming to complete the constellation deployment with 35 satellites around 2020 to provide services to global users, according to the document, which was unveiled by the State Council Information Office.