05 September 2017
Planners have mapped out a 400-million-Yuan (61 million U.S. dollars) development plan to turn a red rock basin in China into a Mars scientific research base and eco-tourism site. Liu Xiaoqun, from the Moon and deep-space exploration department of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said on 5 September that a planning meeting was held in Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai Province to determine the development of the Mars simulation base. "As China's only Mars science and recreation base, we hope it will focus on the scientific theme of space exploration," he said.
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05 September 2017
India and four other BRICS nations today pledged to abide by the principle of utilising outer space for peaceful purposes: “We adhere to the principle of utilising outer space for peaceful purposes and emphasise the need to strengthen the international cooperation in space activities in order to use space technologies to respond to global climate change, environmental protection, disaster prevention and relief and other challenges faced by humankind,” the declaration said.
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05 September 2017
Company vows “to meet the growing demands in the international telecommunications market” as it enters Africa. One of Asia’s largest telecommunications companies China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is to use African data centre operator Djibouti Data Center as it begins its expansion into the continent. Selecting Djibouti Data Center, CMI, the subsidiary of China Mobile Ltd, is the company’s latest move to facilitate its global network expansion, colocation and undersea fiber cable access services in east Africa. The data centre operator will support CMI to establish cable head access, cross-connect, and colocation facilities directly adjacent to Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing station.
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30 August 2017
A historic first in space. It was in June that a U.S. company brought a Chinese experiment to the International Space Station ISS. It's an arrangement that was years in the making. It looks as though there may very well be another Chinese experiment headed to the International Space Station before the year is out. That's the word from Jeffrey Manber, the CEO of NanoRacks, a private company that considers itself the concierge to the Cosmos.
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30 August 2017
China's Kuaizhou-11 solid-fuelled carrier rocket will send six satellites into space in its first mission, according to the rocket's developer and producer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC). The company announced the news on 30 August during a presentation at the Third China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. The Kuaizhou-11 rocket will be launched via a mobile launch vehicle. With a lift-off mass of 78 tonnes, the rocket was designed to launch low-Earth and Sun- synchronous orbit satellites.
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29 August 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the Moon. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep-space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth remote sensing, and space debris research. "China's and Russia's respective cooperation with some Western countries in aerospace sometimes is hindered by trust issue as aeronautic and space developments are closely related to military fields," Wang Ya'nan, Deputy Editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times on 29 August.
The joint space exploration between China and Russia would be easier as the two shared deeper mutual trust, Wang noted
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